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Kenwood Excelon DDX6905S

DVD receiver

Item # 113DDX6905

The Kenwood Excelon DDX6905S DVD receiver offers up lots of ways to get the media you want while you're driving.

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About the Kenwood Excelon DDX6905S

Touch (or talk) to get your media

The Kenwood Excelon DDX6905S DVD receiver offers up lots of ways to get the media you want while you're driving. But you don't have to rely on just pressing buttons or swiping its big 6.8" touchscreen. Using Siri with Apple CarPlay™ or Google Assistant™ with Android Auto™, you can use voice commands to run the show and keep your eyes on the road. Cue up your favorite Internet radio station or high-res music, get some navigation help, and make hands-free phone calls without touching the radio. And Kenwood backs up their Excelon series receivers with a 2-year warranty. 

Touch (or talk) to get your media

The Kenwood Excelon DDX6905S DVD receiver offers up lots of ways to get the media you want while you're driving. But you don't have to rely on just pressing buttons or swiping its big 6.8" touchscreen. Using Siri with Apple CarPlay™ or Google Assistant™ with Android Auto™, you can use voice commands to run the show and keep your eyes on the road. Cue up your favorite Internet radio station or high-res music, get some navigation help, and make hands-free phone calls without touching the radio. And Kenwood backs up their Excelon series receivers with a 2-year warranty. 

Apple CarPlay

CarPlay seamlessly integrates your iPhone® into the driving experience when you plug in via USB, giving you iPhone content with minimal distraction. Using touchscreen controls or voice commands, you'll enjoy easy access to your music library, audiobooks, phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. If you use Apple's HomeKit app, you can even use Siri to control some of your home functionality, such as lighting and thermostats, while you're on the road. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

Android Auto

If you're an Android™ user, you'll love how Android Auto integrates the popular platform into the driving experience without distracting you from the job at hand — driving . And by incorporating Google Assistant™, you'll have easy voice access to Google Maps™, Waze®, weather, music, and apps, not to mention your text messages. And you can make calls, too, of course. Get more info at www.android.com/auto.

Kenwood Excelon DDX6905 DVD receiver

With Android Auto, you get access to Waze and Google Assistant to help run your infotainment.

More phone fun with WebLink™

This Kenwood includes WebLink, which provides you simple in-dash control over select apps like YouTube® and Yelp®. What's especially nice is that WebLink works with both Android and iPhone. So load up the free WebLink for Kenwood app, plug in your phone, and you'll have quick access to some handy infotainment for your journey.

Wireless convenience for you and your passengers

Since yours is probably not the only phone used in your vehicle, the DDX6905S enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling. And when you're streaming audio, Kenwood's Music Mix feature lets you pair five phones so everybody can pick their tunes for the ultimate road trip playlist.

A sharp display to run the show

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 also plug in front- and rear-view cameras to play it safe in crowded parking lots. Kenwood also provides an electronic angle adjustment for the display, so you can tailor the screen's contrast for the best viewing in your vehicle's dash location — all without physically moving the display.

More music options

Got a high-res music library? You'll be stoked that this receiver supports high-res file playback of music stored on a USB drive. And if youlisten to Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you'll really dig playing music from Pandora and Spotify on this receiver. If you're looking for radio stations that won't fade away as you leave the city limits, add a SiriusXM tuner (not included) to this Kenwood to enjoy satellite radio's deep programming from coast to coast. The DDX6905S also includes a sensitive AM/FM tuner to catch all your local stations too. 

Making your music sound its best

For those who like to dial up their sound, Kenwood included a 13-band equalizer with a built-in digital signal processor. The DDX6905S also includes three pairs of 5-volt gold-plated RCA preamp outputs that provide an ultra-clean signal when it's time to add amplifiers to your system.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The DDX6905S offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the Kenwood's screen. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

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.

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
    • plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC music files (up to 24-bit/192 kHz)
    • 6.8" Clear Resistive touchscreen display
    • Waze-ready with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • electronic viewing angle display adjustment
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and WebLink compatible (requires wired USB connection to your phone)
    • built-in Bluetooth with dual phone connection for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • display and command of select music, navigation, and other apps with iPhone and Android
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
    • Siri Eyes Free control for select iPhones
    • compatible with Google Assistant when using Android Auto
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control and rapid Android charging via USB port (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    Audio/Visual Features:
    • 13-band graphic EQ with Drive EQ and digital signal processing
    • bass boost and loudness controls
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • parking grid lines for rear-view camera
    • dual zone capability for separate audio sources in front and rear of vehicle
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • direct connection and control with Kenwood's CMOS-320 dash/rear-view cam
    • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, rear analog A/V input (mini-jack), front- and rear-view camera inputs
    • outputs: rear analog A/V output, 6-channel gold-plated preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Information:
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDatalink Maestro module
      • retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # DDX6905S

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ fixed 6.75" touchscreen monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Two 39" USB extension cable
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Warranty card

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control CarPlay only
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone XSMax/XS/XR/X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S
    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) Apple, Google, Waze
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google,Waze
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 6.75
    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,DSD
    High-res Playback WAV/FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), DSD (up to 11.2MHz)

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    Android (Android Auto) & iPhone (CarPlay) Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV/Camera/OEM Connectivity
    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Android (Android Auto) & iPhone (CarPlay) Integration

    Android Auto: The Kenwood DDX6905S DVD receiver supports the Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer). Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver's "grey" USB port (not "black") using the included USB extension cable and USB cable that came with your smartphone, plus be paired via Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include:

    • Google Assistant: The Kenwood receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, or listen to music.
    • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You can even listen to music from your Android Auto device or other connected source device while using Google Maps. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Kenwood receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Kenwood receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and radio stations from Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo.

    Notes:

    • Only one Android device with Android Auto can be connected at a time.
    • An Android Auto device and Apple CarPlay device cannot be connected at the same time.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable other than the one supplied.
    • 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 Android Auto to malfunction.
    • Click here to learn more About Android Auto and to see what phones are compatible.

    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's "black" USB port (not "grey") via the included USB extension cable and 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.

    • Apple 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. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the latest version of Google Maps or Waze (coming soon), you can choose to navigate via Google Maps or Waze instead of CarPlay. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have there own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
    • 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):

    Notes:

    • Only one Apple CarPlay device can be connected at a time. Must be connected to the "black" USB port (not "grey" USB port).
    • An Android Auto device and Apple CarPlay device cannot be connected at the same time.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.
    • 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.

    WebLink (for iPhone & Android): Download the Kenwood WebLink app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.4+) and connect your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone via USB to access some of your favorite apps such as YouTube and Yelp through the Kenwood DDX6905S. Your iPhone must be connected to the receiver's "black" USB port (not "grey"). Your Android smartphone should be connected to "grey" USB port (not "black"). Using these apps through the large, clear touchscreen of the DDX6905S makes WebLink a safe and easy way to access popular navigation, media, weather apps while in your vehicle.

    • Yelp: Yelp uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community among the millions submitted. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. Let Yelp help you find the best Restaurants, Hotels, Automotive Service Centers, Banks, Shopping Malls, and more. Search by Category, Favorites, Distance, Point on the Map, or Keyword. A keyword search requires that  your vehicle's parking brake be engaged.
    • OpenWeatherMap: Within WebLink is the OpenWeatherMap app, which gives you today's forecast and a four day outlook of the weather in your area.
    • YouTube: With WebLink, you can access YouTube and play videos on the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor (your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged). You can select videos from a variety of categories or search by keyword(s).
    • NextRadio: The NextRadio (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.2+) lets you tune to every local FM station by using your smartphone's built-in FM chip. NextRadio lets you experience local FM radio by showing album art, station logos, and song & program details in an engaging display. NextRadio's Newsfeed lets you stay current with your favorite stations by curating a personalized display of related content based on your listening preferences. View stations' tweets, artist info, hot songs, contests, upcoming concerts, emergency alerts and more
    • MediaPlayer (Audio Only): WebLink allows you to access your Apple iOS or Android devices stored music library for playback. From the DDX6905S's touchscreen, you can browse your phone's music library by Artist, Album, Genres, Playlist, or Songs. You can also search your music by typing in an artist's name or a song title (the vehicle's parking brake has to be engaged for this feature). In addition, you get playback controls such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Random/Repeat. The digital media receiver's screen will display song/artist/album information, along with album art.
    Notes:
    • Once you have your device connected to the head unit and you have selected WebLink as the source, the WebLink app are not controllable from your Apple iOS or Android device. If you need to control the WebLink app from your smartphone, you will have to disconnect your phone's cable from the Kenwood receiver.
    • The WebLink app app must be opened as the primary app on your phone. If you press the home button or go to access other apps on your phone, the WebLink apps will pause on the Kenwood receiver, until the WebLink app is the primary app again. WebLink will not work with these apps only running in the background. 
    • Some apps within WebLink will require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged to operate certain functions & features of the application.
    • You can only connect one iPhone or one Android smartphone (two devices cannot be connected at the same time).

    iPod/iPhone Music Playback Only: If you don't desire Apple CarPlay or WebLink, you can also connect your Lightning-connector Apple iPod/iPhone to the DDX6905S for music playback & control only using Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into either of the receiver's rear-panel USB ports. The Kenwood receiver supports playback of stored music and music apps, along with control and charging, plus song/artist information and album art.

    • Head Unit 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 your connected iPod touch or iPhone from its own touchscreen so you can access other music applications.
      • 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: The DDX6905S 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 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX6905S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/7/2019):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Pandora Spotify Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S/SE 12.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 12.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+/8/8+ 12.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    XS-Max/XS/XR/X 12.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 12.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    Notes:
    • Not compatible with 30-pin Apple devices.
    • 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.
    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay, Android Auto, and WebLink apps will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    Smartphone Charging: The Kenwood DDX6905S will also charge (5V/1.5A) your Android Auto compatible Android smartphone or Apple CarPlay compatible iPhone while connected via USB with the vehicle's ignition switch set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The Kenwood DDX6905S 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)
    • 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 DDX6905S. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SSP & Auto Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DDX6905S without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) or by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    • Dual Phone Connection: Thanks to the Dual Phone Connection feature, two Bluetooth-enabled phones can remain connected to the Kenwood receiver. This means you can an answer an incoming call from either phone from the head unit. Also, both of your phone's contact lists are downloaded to the receiver. To make a call from one of the phones using the Kenwood receiver, you simply have to select Phone 1 or Phone 2 on the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Music Mix: The new Music Mix feature allows five Bluetooth audio source devices to be connected to the Kenwood receiver at one time, so you can switch between Bluetooth playback sources a lot easier and quicker. While "BT Audio" source is selected on the head unit, you can simply press the music playback button on your connected Bluetooth source devices to switch between devices and begin music playback. However, you cannot stream audio from two different Bluetooth audio source devices at the same time or combine music libraries or playlists from two different connected devices.

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the Kenwood DDX6905S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DDX6905S 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 DDX6905S, 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 DDX6905S. 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 smartphone supports voice recognition (including Siri and Google Voice), 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 DDX6905S 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 DDX6905S for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DDX6905S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DDX6905S 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 DDX6905S lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4-up phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • 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.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood DDX6905S includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, echo cancellation, and noise reduction of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone & Android): You can access Pandora & Spotify online music services on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone through the Kenwood DDX6905S receiver. You can also access Apple Music Radio through your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone. Your compatible mobile device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    • Pandora: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the DDX6905S using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood DDX6905S provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically, or shuffle playback stations in your list. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also select stations from a Genre list. In addition, you can skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • Spotify: The DDX6905S has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. You can play, pause and skip tracks, browse playlists, albums and radio stations through the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen & front-panel controls. You can even create your stations by entering a track, artist, or playlist. You also get song/artist information on the unit's LCD touchscreen. If you are a Spotify Premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music even when there is no internet connection.
    • Apple Music Radio (iPhone Only): You can playback Apple Music Radio on your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iOS 9.3.5+ device through the Kenwood DDX6905S. With a WiFi or cellular connection on your iPhone, you can listen to Beats 1 and other live radio stations through the Kenwood receiver. Apple Music subscribers can also listen to on-demand stations for almost any genre or create their own stations. You can use the head unit's touchscreen to select between your Apple Music Radio stations. The touchscreen will also display song/artist/album information, along with Album art.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood DDX6905S 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 140+ 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 20 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.
    • Alerts: Receive alerts of your favorite song or artist, favorite sports teams, plus traffic and weather.
      • Content Alerts: When a broadcast program related to the your favorite artist or song starts, a message appears to allow you to switch to that station.
      • Sports Flash: Sports Flash will notify you when a big play happens during a game with one your favorite sports teams. You can choose to tune to that station or continue to listening to the previous channel.
      • Traffic & Weather Now: Traffic & Weather Now allows you to access the latest report whenever you want to hear it by city.
    • 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.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood DDX6905S features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. Not only does the multimedia receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets (18FM/6AM) you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. Mono mode reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

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

    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 DDX6905S 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.

    USB MSC Playback (Dual USB Ports): The Kenwood DDX6905S features two USB ports (one is "black" and the other is "grey") that are attached to the rear-chassis via 7" cords and comes with 39" USB extension cables. These USB ports can be used for connection and control of up to two portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. The USB ports enable playback of a variety of audio (including high resolution files) and video files stored on a compatible USB memory device (see chart below).

    • Control: The Category List screen lets you search your music folders by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can then search the music files alphabetically. 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.
    • Display: The receiver will display song/artist information along with album art of compatible music files.
    • Charging: USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Notes:
    • Two USB mass storage class devices or USB thumbdrives can be connected at the same time; you can switch back and forth between devices (it does not combine the libraries).
    • The USB ports do not support MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), AOA (Android Open Accessory), USB hubs, or card-readers.
    • You can connect an Android smartphone with Android Auto and a USB thumbdrive at the same time.
    • You can connect an Apple iPod/iPhone to the "black" USB port and a USB thumbdrive to the "grey" USB port at the same time.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood DDX6905S supports the following types of audio (including Hi-Res), 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, ex FAT 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
    Vorbis:
    variable bit-rate; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC (High-Res): bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
    DSD (Hi-Res): bit depth of 1-bit; sampling frequency of 2.8, 5.6, 11.2MHz
    Vorbis:
    variable bit-rate; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    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/H.264:
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (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 5,000 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder) Unlimited folders/9,999 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), as well as DSD music files (up to 11MHz/1-bit) via USB. High-Resolution Audio is high-quality sound that exceeds CD standard. High-resolution audio captures and beautifully expresses all the details of your favorite music.

    Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device.

    Song/Artist Info with Album Art: The Kenwood DDX6905S will display song/artist information as well as album art for MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC music tracks (if encoded).

    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.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Excelon Series: The DDX6905S 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.

    24/32-Bit DAC: The Kenwood DDX6905S utilizes a 24/32-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 90.5dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX6905S 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 DDX6905S 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

    Gold-Plated 6ch/5V Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The DDX6905S 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). The pre-outs are gold-plated for superior signal transfer.

    Vehicle Setup: In order to optimize the sound quality in your vehicle, you can indentify the type of vehicle you have, select speaker sizes & locations, as well as configure listening distances.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the delay time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off
    • Speaker Size: You can select which size speakers are in your vehicle - Tweeter (Small, Medium, Large, or None), Front & Rear (3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None), and Sub (6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or Over, None).
    • Speaker Location: You can indicate the location of your vehicle's front and speakers. Choose from "Upper Door Area", "Lower Door Area", "On Dash", "Under Dash", or "Parcel Shelf Area"
    • DTA (Digital Time Alignment): For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. 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.

    High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: The receiver offers independent high pass filters for front speakers and rear speakers, as well as a low pass crossover for the unit's sub out.

    • 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 DDX6905S offers 8 EQ Presets for easy 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 frequency ranges that become hard to hear due to road noise.

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

    • 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 2, 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 DDX6905S 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 DDX6905S 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 13-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/Camera/OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood DDX6905S 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, USB, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the DVD receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    • If you select USB, iPod, Disc, Spotify, Pandora, or Bluetooth as the main source; you cannot select USB as the AV output source.
    • If you select WebLink (YouTube), CarPlay, or Android Auto as the main source; you cannot select Disc or USB as the AV output.
    Note: WebLink (YouTube), CarPlay, and Android Auto cannot be displayed through the receiver's video output.

    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.

    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, plus select Honda/Acura, Toyota/Scion, Volkswagen & Subaru vehicles with factory digital amplifiers.

    • 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.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.75" Clear Resistive Touchscreen: The Kenwood DDX6905S features a 6.75" 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, touch & hold, flick left or right, and swipe up or down. Electronic angle settings adjust the display for best off axis viewing (actual screen does not move).

    • Custom Home Screen & Shortcuts: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the eight most sources you use most to the first page of the Home Screen. Three programmable shortcut source keys offer a quick jump to your favorite sources from almost any screen.
    • Background Color & Wallpapers: You can choose between nine preset background colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White. You can also choose to link the displays color with the unit's front-panel variable color illumination that you set. In addition, there are six preset background images (wallpapers) or you can download your own still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Off Axis Viewing: Electronic angle settings adjust the display for best off axis viewing (actual screen does not move).
    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as CarPlay and Android Auto.

    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, Sky Blue, 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).

    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 run 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 DDX6905S 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. Kenwood also offers a remote application which allows you to control the receiver from your smartphone device.

    • 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.
    • Remote S App: The Kenwood Remote S (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) is an application that will connect and control the in-dash receiver from your compatible Apple or Android device via Bluetooth, like a wireless remote control. You can select source input, as well as command basic playback controls such as Play/Pause or Previous/Next Track from the touchscreen of your compatible smartphone. This application can also display the receiver's source and song/artist information on the screen of your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Has all features I need and great sound [ Ramon  May 09, 2019 ]
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    This headunit is AMAZING! [ Jordan  Apr 12, 2019 ]
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    Several features led me to this unit. First I prefer the feature set on the Kenwood models over other brands, things like the adjustability of the EQ and Time alignment are just a bit better than some of the others in this price range. In addition to that, I was looking for some specific features: 1. CarPlay / Android Auto 2. iDatalink compatibility 3. 3x Pair of 4+Volt Preamp Outputs 4. Flac playback support [ Robby  Mar 27, 2019 ]
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    I had an android auto stereo in a trade in vehicle and enjoyed so much I had to have in the vehicle that came with a relatively basic stereo setup. [ Jeff  Mar 02, 2019 ]
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    Recommended. Reviews. Features. Price. [ Zebulun  Feb 23, 2019 ]
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    I was between the Kenwood and the Pioneer with similar features. The Kenwood was recommended by Adam. [ Patrick  Feb 16, 2019 ]
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    Dual USB feature, Apple Car Play + DVD/CD player, Kenwood reputation [ Tom  Feb 11, 2019 ]
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    I like it [ Kevin  Jan 19, 2019 ]
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    Wav, Flac, & DSD file compatibility plus 5 volt pre-outs [ Noah  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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    I like Kenwood. [ Steve  Nov 09, 2018 ]
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    Has the features I wanted. [ David  Oct 11, 2018 ]
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    Ah, Kenwood is excellent. This is similar to the one installed in other truck over a year ago. Awesome head unit that I enjoy. [ MARK H H  Sep 08, 2018 ]
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    12 questions already asked

    Q
    Can this play radio in the background while carplay is active? Is that even a thing?
    [ Tim  May 11, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    i have andriod auto but I can listen to the radio while my phone is plugged in but I don't know about carplay. Sorry hope this helps.
    [ doncwby24  May 14, 2019 ]
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    I use Kenwood Weblink to show Waze on the screen, while playing SiriusXM in the background. The only thing is that you have to disable voice prompts from Waze or it will talk over your music sporadically.
    [ ROBERT  May 12, 2019 ]
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    Can the colors be changed?
    [ Noah  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes they are.
    [ Andrew  May 08, 2019 ]
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    Yes, there are color change options
    [ james  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes. They can be changed in the settings menu. I believe under the "display" tab
    [ Robert  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes the button colors can be changed to match your own dash colors or the color of your paint.
    [ Gary  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes! Gray, pink, blue, white, super cool
    [ Dayna  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes on the buttons.. You also choose a home screen
    [ Rich  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Yes. Of the buttons and the background.
    [ David  May 07, 2019 ]
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    Will this work with iphone 6? The specs say 6S or newer.
    [ Brent  Apr 30, 2019 ]
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    MY husband uses his stereo with a 6 plus, so it should work.
    [ Christie  May 01, 2019 ]
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    Can I use the stock microphone that's in my mirror in my 2012 Tacoma?
    [ Trevor  Apr 28, 2019 ]
    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.
    [ Krissy  May 05, 2019 ]  Staff
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    can you see the screen with polarized sunglasses?
    [ Dan  Mar 26, 2019 ]
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    Yes I have polarized prescription sunglasses . I have no problem seeing the screen .
    [ Everett  Mar 26, 2019 ]
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    My factory radio has SiriusXM radio. Will this radio require a separate tuner, or will I just be able to plug into the current SiriusXM antenna?
    [ Patrick  Mar 19, 2019 ]
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    You will need the separate tuner
    [ Jay  Mar 19, 2019 ]
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    You do not need a separate tuner but you will have to get the install package that goes with your car. After you add the stereo to your cart you will be ask to pick the package that fits your needs.
    [ doncwby24  Mar 19, 2019 ]
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    Does anybody know if you can use the Galaxy S7 with Android Auto? Went to the Android Auto site and the oldest phone listed as compatible was the S8.
    [ John  Mar 07, 2019 ]
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    Worked fine with my S7
    [ Shanna  Apr 10, 2019 ]
    A
    Sorry, no help here. I have a note 9 which works with the usb cable, allthough a pain. Dont like having to plug and unplug cable
    [ HAROLD S  Mar 10, 2019 ]
    A
    I have a Galaxy J7 Prime and it works fine with Android Auto. However I really do not like Android Auto. It works and performs as advertised; but it essentially takes over you phone. You cannot minimize it and open another app. I wanted to open my browser and look up something on the internet, and Android Auto would not allow me to.
    [ ROBERT  Mar 10, 2019 ]
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    I don't know for sure but I talked to a At&T employee and has an S7 and told me he uses Android Auro and spotify on his S7.
    [ Michael  Mar 07, 2019 ]
    A
    I have a Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (Android 7.0) and it works with the Kenwood (Android Auto).
    [ George  Mar 07, 2019 ]
    A
    I googled your question and there seems to be several complaints about Android auto not working with Galaxy 7s and other Galaxy models! I do like the head unit. Good luck!
    [ Richard  Mar 07, 2019 ]
    A
    I had to go into the settings and initialize it for it to work with my iPhone 8 Plus...this may work for you as well.
    [ Matthew  Mar 07, 2019 ]
    A
    I have the galaxy note 9 and my phone connected no problem...as long as you download the app you can connect through bluetooth and the USB cord to connect
    [ DONALD  Mar 07, 2019 ]
    A
    I am not sure. I have a Moto z force it was not listed but it does work.
    [ John  Mar 07, 2019 ]
    Q
    Do I need an amplifier to drive my 6 sepakers in my 2004 odyssey EX-L? Also, will I be able to connect the factory rear overhead monitor?
    [ Allen  Feb 28, 2019 ]
    6 answers
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    Aklen...first of all, i am not a "techy". I purchased the same Kenwood radio from Crutchfield. I told the. ExCtly what vehicle it would go in and received the radio and special direct connect wiring harness gor my 2007 GMC Serria 1500. I had it installed by a local vehical stereo business. It took approximately 2 hours. As far as an amp, i found the zmp in the Kenwood was more than adaquate to drive four 6 inch foor speakers and two tweeters on the dash. The dound is great. Do you need an amp? I would think mot. I brlieve you will be very pleased with the quality of sound. You can always add zn zmp if you would like to increase later.
    [ MARSHALL  Mar 01, 2019 ]
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    I am not a "techy" but i ordered this radio from Crutchfield and told them exactly what it would be installed with (2007 GMC Serria 1500. I took the radio and wiring harness to a vehicle audio store for installation. It took about an hour and half. I did not purchase an amplifer. The radio amp is more thzn enough to drive great sound in two front door and two rear door speakers, in addition to 2 tweeters on the dash. The radio has great sou d seperation and adjustible bass and treble to suite your preference. I would use the radio eith the supplied amp and your speakers. These can be easily added after installation if you fefl you need them. My ferling is you will be very happy!
    [ MARSHALL  Mar 01, 2019 ]
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    This radio should have enough wattage to power all 6 speakers in your vehicle. I installed it in a vehicle with 9 speakers and it sounds great. As for the overhead monitor it should but first you may want to investigate your vehicle to make sure that your monitor receives it's signal by a signal rca cable. If you look at the pictures Crutchfield provides on the radio listing there is a photo of the rear of the radio you will see 3 yellow rca jacks 2 are for cameras and 1 is for video output. Hope this helps. This is a great radio in my opinion I just bought a second on for my wife's car. Enjoy
    [ James  Mar 01, 2019 ]
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    I did not install an aftermarket amp in mine, The sound from this unit is great without. As for 6 speakers , I am not sure , my car had 4 with a factory sub. The dvd works great in the back also.
    [ james  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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    You shouldn't need an external amplifier since the head unit has a pretty good amplifier built in. If you have a factory premium (amplified) system, you may need an interface adapter. As for the factory overhead monitor, you will most likely need an adapter to go from the RCA type video connection to the vehicle's video feed to the overhead monitor.
    [ Robert  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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    The unit has a enough power to push all that I have in my Ford Excusion, so an amp isn't necessary. There are a/v ports in the rear that you might be able to use for your monitor, provides the connections are the same. The unit has rca posts.
    [ Francis  Feb 28, 2019 ]
    Q
    Will this maintain factory steering wheel controls?
    [ Paige  Feb 28, 2019 ]
    5 answers
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    Yes it does keep the volume channel up and down and source. They are the only buttons that will operate head unit. The directional buttons do not do anything. On the old stereo they would operate the channels up and down as with the up and down channel button. It is a great head unit and easy to install. I know that's not your question. But I have all KENWOOD in all of my vehicles. They are easy to use and install.
    [ Gary  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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    If you get the module with the install kit
    [ aaron  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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    My steering wheel didn't have factory controls.
    [ David  Feb 28, 2019 ]
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    CF would be you best resource. I only have cruise on my steering.
    [ james  Feb 28, 2019 ]
    A
    Only with the purchase of the black box, the radio alone will not
    [ David  Feb 28, 2019 ]
    Q
    The manual from Kenwood says this doesn't work with any iPhones beyond 7, and shows X, XR, 8 etc. as not compatible. I presume their manual is outdated. Is anyone using this with newer iPhones? I still have a 6s.
    [ Tom  Feb 19, 2019 ]
    4 answers
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    Yes, It must be because I have a I phone 8 and it works great with mine.
    [ Christie  Feb 21, 2019 ]
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    I have an 8 plus . It works fine with it .
    [ Everett  Feb 21, 2019 ]
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    I believe it's just outdated. I just upgraded to an iPhone XS Max and have not had any problems.
    [ Shawn  Feb 21, 2019 ]
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    Im using an Android, but the firmware can be updated and I would assume doing so would allow newer devices to function, but dont hold me to that
    [ Dean  Feb 21, 2019 ]
    Q
    Can you run Google maps for the GPS?
    [ Ken H  Dec 30, 2018 ]
    6 answers
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    I run android auto, can use either google maps or waze
    [ Dean  Jan 04, 2019 ]
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    It runs what's on my iPhone
    [ James  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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    If you run it via CarPlay or Android Auto, then yes. In my experience with CarPlay on this head unit, it runs Google maps quite well.
    [ JOSE  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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    It runs the maps from the phone. Also has the Waze app.
    [ Jeffery  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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    You can run Google Maps through both Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
    [ BRENT  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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    Yes if your using car play than you can use it
    [ Everett  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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