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Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S

DVD receiver

Item # 113DDX9904

You're the type of road warrior who wants your multimedia receiver to be able to handle it all.

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About the Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S

Bring on the media

You're the type of road warrior who wants your multimedia receiver to be able to handle it all. The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S DVD receiver features a big 6.95" capacitive touch panel display that lets you see and control icons easily from your smartphone using Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. You can enjoy all kinds of radio, including HD Radio®, satellite radio, Pandora®, and Spotify®. You can also bring along your high-res music library for incredible sonic detail on your journeys. Plug in a compatible Kenwood dash cam, and you can record everything going on around you. Kenwood also backs up this radio with a 2-year warranty.

Bring on the media

You're the type of road warrior who wants your multimedia receiver to be able to handle it all. The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S DVD receiver features a big 6.95" capacitive touch panel display that lets you see and control icons easily from your smartphone using Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. You can enjoy all kinds of radio, including HD Radio®, satellite radio, Pandora®, and Spotify®. You can also bring along your high-res music library for incredible sonic detail on your journeys. Plug in a compatible Kenwood dash cam, and you can record everything going on around you. Kenwood also backs up this radio with a 2-year warranty.

Android Auto

If you're an Android user, this receiver is ready for your phone. You'll love how Android Auto integrates the popular platform into the driving experience without distracting you from the job at hand — driving . You'll have easy voice access to Google Maps, weather, music, and apps, not to mention your text messages. And you can make calls, too, of course. Get more info at

Apple CarPlay

CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a seamless interface when you plug in via USB, putting iPhone content at the driver's fingertips with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, audiobooks, phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at

Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S DVD receiver

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work like your phone's interface on the stereo's display.

Bluetooth's built in

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. And if you're not the only driver, this Kenwood enables you to pair two phones simultaneously. Don't forget, Bluetooth isn't just about smartphones. Many portable high-res audio players include Bluetooth, too, so you can stream your music collection on your journey. 

Audio goodness

The DDX9904S lets you enjoy HD Radio from participating stations, so you'll hear FM radio that's close to CD quality or AM radio that comes in clear and static-free. And if you're not in an area with HD Radio stations, this Kenwood's sensitive radio tuner will pick up local analog stations like a champ. Using the controls on the receiver, you can access your favorite Pandora®, Spotify®, and other Internet Radio stations from your iPhone or Android. You can also check out the incredibly deep programming offered by satellite radio by adding a SiriusXM tuner. And don't worry, you can still play your CDs and DVDs, along with music stored on your phone or a USB drive — including high-res FLAC music files.

HD Radio

The display runs the show

You can customize the touchscreen display to your taste by choosing from a wealth of colors and backgrounds. 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. The DDX9904S also includes a direct connection for Kenwood's DRV-N520 Drive Recorder dash cam, which means you get camera control and alerts directly on the receiver's display.

Sound controls

This receiver sports a 13-band equalizer that allows you to set up separate tone curves for your separate audio sources. And if you're in a hurry, you can choose from the eight built-in EQ presets. Combine that with the built-in digital time alignment processor, and you can put yourself right in the front row of the show. The DDX9904S also uses audiophile-grade components for superior sound quality, a big plus if you're using the 5-volt preamp outputs to drive outboard amps.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras — and add some upgrades

The DDX9904S offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). The module lets you keep factory features in your Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Fiat, Toyota, or VW vehicle that you'll otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out expanded functionality on the Kenwood's screen, including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure and temperature monitors. It'll even integrate your stealth K40 radar detector into the stereo's display, so you can see and hear about incoming threats (available soon). With select rear-view cameras, you'll even get parking guidelines that curve with the motion of your steering wheel.

Want to keep your steering wheel 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.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV, plus FLAC music files (up to 24-bit/192 kHz)
    • 6.95" capacitive touchscreen display
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • Android Auto compatible (requires wired USB connection to your phone)
    • Apple CarPlay 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
    • 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
    • upgraded audio components for superior sound quality
    • DSP with digital time alignment
    • bass boost and loudness controls
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • parking grid lines for rear-view camera
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • direct connection and control of Kenwood's DRV-N520 Drive Recorder dash cam
    • inputs: two rear USB inputs, rear analog A/V input (mini-jack), front- and rear-view camera inputs
    • outputs: rear analog A/V output (composite video and mini-jack audio), 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 factory settings for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Fiat, Toyota, and VW
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # DDX9904S

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ motorized 6.95" touchscreen monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Two 39" USB extension cables
    • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 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

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    Features & specs

    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 Yes
    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 X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    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 (coming soon)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google,Waze
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 6.95
    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
    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)
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N
    The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Internet+SiriusXM+HD Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV/Camera/OEM Connectivity
    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Android Auto: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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") via 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.


    • 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.

    • 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):


    • 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.

    iPod/iPhone Music Playback Only: If you don't desire Apple CarPlay, you can also connect your Lightning-connector Apple iPod/iPhone to the DDX9904S 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. You can use either USB port on the radio. The 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 most connected Apple devices from its own 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, an artist list of the currently playing genre, or an album list of currently playing composer.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DDX9904S 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 Excelon DDX9904S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/4/2018):

    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
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.2.6 Y N Y Y 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 Y Y
    7/7+ 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.2.6 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.2.6 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    • Only one Apple iPod or iPhone can be connected at a time. If you try and connect two Apple devices at the same time, you get the following on-screen message "Only the first connected iPod/iPhone can be used". You'll need to disconnect both devices and reconnect the one you want to listen to.
    • 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.

    GPS Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S comes with a GPS antenna to enhance the performance of Android Auto & Apple CarPlay navigation maps. The GPS antenna comes with a self-stick pad which mounts it on top of your dash inside the vehicle.

    Smartphone Charging: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 Excelon DDX9904S 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 Excelon DDX9904S. 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. 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.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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.
    Note: When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    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 Excelon DDX9904S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S, 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 DDX9904S. 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 DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DDX9904S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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 Excelon DDX9904S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Internet+SiriusXM+HD 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 Excelon DDX9904S receiver. 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 DDX9904S using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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.
    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

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 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.
      • SportsFlash: SportsFlash 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.

    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 DDX9904S 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: You can store 15 FM presets and 5 AM presets (total of 20). 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 to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 Excelon DDX9904S features two rear-panel USB inputs (one is "black" and the other is "grey"). Each rear-panel USB input consists of a USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 7" pigtail and comes with a 39" USB extension cable. These USB ports can be used for connection and control of up to two portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital music player. The USB ports enable playback of a variety of audio (including Hi-Res), 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 ports (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • 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 Excelon DDX9904S 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
    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
    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
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1280 x 720 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    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) 9,999 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. 

    Search Functions: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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, an artist list of the currently playing genre, or an album list of currently playing composer.

    Song/Artist Info with Album Art: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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.

    24/3-Bit DAC: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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 Excelon DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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.

    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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 DDX9904S 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 frequency ranges that become 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 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 DDX9904S 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 DDX9904S 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/Camera/OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S 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.

    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.

    Dash Cam Ready: In addition to the front camera input, the DDX9904S is equipped with a proprietary "Dash Cam" control input for connecting Kenwood's DRV-N520 dashboard camera (113DRV520, sold separately). The DRV-N520 offers high resolution 1080p recording, plus motion detection technology. The dashboard camera's live and recorded video are displayed on the DDX9904S' touchscreen. You'll also control the DRV-N520's settings and parameters from the DRV-N520's touchscreen.

    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, plus select Toyota/Scion and Honda/Acura 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.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.95" Capacitive Touchscreen: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S features a 6.95" widescreen (16:9) capacitive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The capacitive touchscreen LCD provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text; as well as highly responsive touchscreen operation. Touchscreen operations include tap, touch & hold, flick left or right, and swipe up or down. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc.

    • 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 Color & Images: 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 or you can download your own still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Angle Adjustment: The bottom of the touchscreen monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).
    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 & Android Auto.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom 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 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 DDX9904S 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.

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    Customer Q&A

    25 questions already asked

    Do I loose any stock features on a 2016 civic LX like backup cámara or steering wheel control with this radio ?
    [ Goose  Nov 12, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    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  Nov 15, 2018 ]  Staff
    It's driving me crazy. What is the GPS antenna for if this unit is not a NAV unit? I've tried looking through the manual but all it tells me is where to mount it. I've googled but didn't find an answer there either. Does it need to be installed for the unit to work right?
    [ Christopher  Oct 21, 2018 ]
    9 answers
    They use the info off of the gps satellites to keep the clock set to the world clock. I believe that's the way it comes from the factory but you can change the settings if you would rather set the clock yourself
    [ les  Oct 27, 2018 ]
    I own the DDX9904S as well. The GPS antenna is used for two things: 1) to show you which direction on a compass you are heading in, and 2) to sync the unit's clock with the GPS satellites. I personally have no use for the compass feature. I always plug my iPhone in and use Apple CarPlay for my iPhone's navigation, and it works perfectly fine without the external GPS antenna. Apple CarPlay also displays the clock from my iPhone on the unit's screen, so I don't worry about the unit's clock not syncing with GPS satellites. I hope this helps.
    [ ERIC  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    It's used to sync the time and calibrate the compass. No, it doesn't need to be installed. But why not? If you go to a NAV unit (which is going away anyways) at least you'll have the antenna already in place.
    [ Chris  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    it is a small rectangle, about 2 inch w/d and about 1/2 inch thick, round corners. it has the only plug, that can plug on the radio outlet, marked as GPS antenna. I also believe, there is a picture in the manual. It is not necessary, but highly recommended to improve the navigation. I have mine mounted under the dashboard
    [ Boris  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    The unit has a compass. Also, i belive its used for some of the vehicle stats.
    [ Victor  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    Its acts as a GPS antenna if your using Android Auto. The larger antenna gets better signal. But no, you do not need it for the unit to work. :)
    [ Jason  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    It works fine without it. To use any god you would have to use Apple carplay or android auto to use the gps
    [ Raymond  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    It uses your phones GPS while using the android auto app
    [ MARK A  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    I was wondering also until i figured this out... It has no GPS but it has Compass which points to north and south and also it detects your time zone based on location it gets via the gps ... i tried to unplug the GPS cable and i got error on both things
    [ Samar  Oct 25, 2018 ]
    Can I get a remote for this radio?
    [ Jeremy  Oct 10, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    I purchased a remote with mine and it works well.
    [ KAREN A  Nov 07, 2018 ]
    I don't have one. However I would check the manual that you can download. I think it mentions one that can be purchased separately.
    [ Mike  Oct 15, 2018 ]
    It supports a remote but one is not included in the box
    [ Gareth  Oct 10, 2018 ]
    Can I plug in my existing in-cab microphone into the back of this unit, or do I have to replace it with the supplied microphone? What about the existing USB port? I have a 2013 Nissan Frontier.
    [ Cathi  Oct 07, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    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  Oct 12, 2018 ]  Staff
    Does the clock have a 24 hr setting? Seems like the home screen has to display the clock so that's why I ask. Silly question I know but important to me.
    [ Tommy  Aug 16, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    No unless I'm missing something
    [ Mike  Aug 25, 2018 ]
    No, AM/PM display only unfortunately. (I, too, prefer 24-hour clocks.)
    [ Gareth  Aug 22, 2018 ]
    I'm not 100% sure, I've never tried. But it does have gps time sync or manual adjust. As "smart" as this thing is, I'm pretty sure it will allow for 24 hour time.
    [ Chris  Aug 21, 2018 ]
    Is this unit equipped with a detachable screen?
    [ Jmstoulil  Jul 29, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    [ Jeff  Jul 29, 2018 ]
    No it's not
    [ Eugene Pinchback  Jul 29, 2018 ]
    What is the difference between 9904s and 9905s?
    [ Cale  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    Android Auto Wireless was about the only thing I could find before I bought the 9904s.
    [ Keith  Jun 26, 2018 ]
    9905s newer model. Difference hd screen and $$
    [ MARK  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    In addition to being the 2018 model the 9905s has a higher resolution screen and supports wireless android auto. Don't remember many other differences, I saved the money and went with the 9904 and spent the difference on upgraded speakers and a 4 channel amp personally.
    [ ROBERT W  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    The $300 extra for the 9905s gets you a HD display, Wireless Android auto, and Waze ready. I went with the 9904s and am glad I did so. The display is just fine, wireless android auto would just give me a dead phone by noon, and I do not use Waze. (9904s has USB Android Auto so I have all the features and my phone charges rather than discharges)Both units can have three cameras hooked up if you are creative, including the dedicated DRV-n520 dash cam. Hope that helps.
    [ David  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    What is the difference between 9904s and 9905s?
    [ Cale  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Jun 29, 2018 ]  Staff
    As far as I know, the 5s gives ability to run android auto wireless. 4s requires you to plug phone in. Otherwise, I am not sure if there are any other differences. Sq and user features should be the same
    [ jpsandberg  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    Does anyone who are iPhone users who have iOS 11.3 or later been experiencing any issues with Bluetooth or apple car play ?
    [ basshead813  May 25, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    Occasionally the screen will go blank. Audible or music continues to play. Resetting the radio helps. I believe it is an Apple problem all of the other non Apple functions continue to work.
    [ Terry  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    Sorry, I'm unsure. I use Android, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and haven't had any problems. Works great, for me at least. Sorry I couldn't be of any help.
    [ Ronald  Jun 03, 2018 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Krissy  Jun 03, 2018 ]  Staff
    where is the best location for the gps antenna location, for the best reception? DDX9904S
    [ Todd  May 06, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    I install both of mine inside the dash (not visible) at the top with only plastic between it and the windshield. In my mazda it the same place as the factory antenna. Both are on top of A/C vents. I works great
    [ Mike  May 08, 2018 ]
    Front window
    [ Eugene Pinchback  May 08, 2018 ]
    I don't know where I read it, but it was suggested that I place it on top of the receiver. I did exactly that and everything has been working perfectly. I thought about stringing it through a vent or something but I did not want the wires or that disk hanging out. For me laying on top of the receiver has worked perfect.
    [ LARRY  May 08, 2018 ]
    Is there a built in navigation system in the Kenwood Excelon DDX9904s stereo or do you have to use your phone navigation?
    [ Adrian  Mar 31, 2018 ]
    8 answers
    There is no Built in Navigation System, you have to use your phone (iam using android Auto)
    [ Samar  Apr 15, 2018 ]
    You use your phone navigation through android auto of apple carplay. For me this works better because all location history and saved places are right there on my screen and all my maps will always be up to date
    [ ARick  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    I use imaps on phone. I believe you can add gps but it doesn't come standard
    [ MATT  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    The Kenwood Excelon DDX9904S has what one might consider a hybrid system. The unit uses Apple CarPlayT or Android AutoT to acess the processing and data storage on you phone, but has it's own GPS antenna so you don't have to keep your on the dashboard. For example, I use a RAM mount system to keep my phone securely between the seats in my pickup. Apple CarPlayT or Android AutoT other a host of other advantages including free updated maps, phone access, and voice commend through the receiver. In my case, the Android AutoT interface has hands-free phone safety and convenience while offering more up to date maps than my standalone GPS. The only electronic device I need to bring with me on a trip is my phone.
    [ EVAN T  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    This is the non NAV unit. It has CarPlay, so if your phone is connected, you will have NAV through it. Assuming you have an iPhone. If not, it will also work with Android Auto. But any NAV will be through your phone.
    [ Chris  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    There is no built in navigation. You can use your phone with car play or android auto to have navigation on the display. Android auto works well and is convenient.
    [ Raymond  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    Use your phone. Andriod Auto or Apple Car Play
    [ Kurtis  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    No, built in. You do have to use your phone for navigation
    [ Marsh  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    Does it have the CarPlay hiss like the 9903s?
    [ Rich  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    I use it with Android Auto and an iPad, and have never noticed a hiss Enter
    [ PAUL  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    Though I use android auto, I have had iPhones connected and carplay used, with no hiss detected.
    [ Gareth  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    I have mine installed in a 2011 Mazda 3 hatchback with factory speakers. Been using it for almost nine months every day. I don't notice any hiss or other noises when using any of the features including CarPlay.
    [ GERRY  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    I have never heard a hiss while on carplay or Android auto.
    [ Ricardo  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    Will this retain my outside temperature gauge that was on my original radio in my 2015 F-150, when paired with the idata link maestro?
    [ KGwin513  Feb 28, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    I'm not sure because I installed it in a Jeep Wrangler and the temp was on the dash
    [ DARIN  Mar 02, 2018 ]
    That's a better question for the folks over at iDatalink (Maestro). I currently don't have the temperature shown on my display and I don't think ?? there was an option.
    [ Chris  Feb 28, 2018 ]
    Does the initial warning screen go away on its own or do you have to press the agree button?
    [ David  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    8 answers
    There is a checkbox to automatically dismiss the message after 10 seconds. So yes, but, not for 10 seconds.
    [ A  Feb 22, 2018 ]
    David, I press OK right away, cuz' I still in the testing mood with Forrest. One thing I notice that it needs to be ironed out is botton in the steering to accept in coming call is not working, only to hang up is working on both steering & screen. Only mute & hang up bottoms appears on the screen. I will Forest again this week..
    [ AUGUSTO  Feb 18, 2018 ]
    It always goes on. But, you can set it up to go away on its own in 10 seconds. Usually, one starts driving by switching to reverse. This turns on the backup camera and does not show it up(good). But does not count the time on the warning screen either, so eventually it totals 10 seconds to be displayed. This is a bit annoying if you are in a hurry and need navigation immediately. However, due to the fact we live in a lawyer society, every smart radio I have seen is doing it.
    [ Boris  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    I will go away on its on
    [ Larry  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    You can set it so that the warning screen goes away after 10 sec. or you can press the agree button
    [ Mark  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    There's an option to have it go away after 10 seconds.
    [ Marsh  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    It will not go away unless you check the small box that says direguard this message after 10 seconds. The screen will always be displayed when it powers on.
    [ Lance  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    You can set it to go away automatic after 10 seconds.
    [ Victor  Feb 14, 2018 ]
    How is the AM radio performance with this unit?
    [ Robert  Jan 22, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    I have not used the am radio at all
    [ Carl  Jan 31, 2018 ]
    Pretty good so far. I listen to AM radio every afternoon with no issues.
    [ Leathell  Jan 31, 2018 ]
    My main use of the AM on my unit is the traffic information network in our state. It seems to me the AM range is greater than it was with my factor Bose unit. I have been very pleased with this unit.
    [ LARRY  Jan 31, 2018 ]
    Album art from Google Music? Pandora?
    [ Robby  Jan 18, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    yes art work shoes connected to usb
    [ Eugene Pinchback  Sep 07, 2018 ]
    Yes, artwork in Google Music with Android Auto will be displayed.
    [ Gareth  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    I can't answer your exact question because I'm an iPhone user but, yes, the album art shows up with the supported apps. So Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. I would assume google music would be the same.
    [ Chris  Jan 22, 2018 ]
    What is the max storage size that this unit will accept for a thumb drive?
    [ Twags  Dec 30, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    [ Eugene Pinchback  Sep 07, 2018 ]
    The owner manual does not say. So I would guess there probably isn't a limit, but the larger the drive, the longer it will probably take to find your file
    [ Eric  Dec 30, 2017 ]
    When using idata-link maestro and this radio (DDX9904S), do you need to install the aftermarket microphone in order for android auto / apple carplay voice commands to work? Or will the factory Ford Sync microphone work for them as well if Sync is maintained?
    [ Tommy  Dec 28, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    I had to install the provided microphone. Built-in free worked for Telegram (Android Auto) but not for requesting navigation (it recognized OK Google, but didn't hear anything else until the provided microphone was installed).
    [ Gareth  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    To my knowledge, it is maintained as long as it is hooked up correctly. Test ALL of it before you stuff it back in. I hope that helps.
    [ eroth  Jan 19, 2018 ]
    I had to install the kenwood mic. I could use the sync factory mic to place calls and talk to sync but when i used android auto and tried to ask for directions my voice would not register. Android auto needs mic attached to head unit. Not sure about carplay havent tried it yet. I havent found any settings to force AA to use sync mic.
    [ Victor  Dec 30, 2017 ]
    Can you change the background to an image you put on it? I would like to give it an Audi logo as the background to have a more OEM look.
    [ Bill  Nov 03, 2017 ]
    5 answers
    Yes you can Bill sorry for the previous reply typos but yes you download images off your computer onto a flash drive then you can plug a flash drive into the CD player and upload two of those and set them for custom backgrounds
    [ Carl  Nov 04, 2017 ]
    Yes you can bill. You can download the images off your computer onto a flash drive then will you plug the flash drive into the DVD player you can pre-install to custom images to use as backgrounds
    [ Carl  Nov 04, 2017 ]
    yes, you can
    [ Jared  Nov 04, 2017 ]
    Yes you can. Google change kenwood splash screen. Or look it up on YouTube. It can be change, you have to create a script than can be downloaded on to a word document and placed on a blank thumb drive that has been formatted and you add your logo that has to be set at very specific dimensions, color ratio, format style and etc. Then you enter the advance menu options that you will discover when you Google change kenwood splash screen, connect your thumb drive and its done. Hope this helps
    [ Eric  Nov 04, 2017 ]
    Yes. It has space for a user added image.
    [ Robert  Nov 04, 2017 ]
    I have the 9903 it has some lag in it. Does the new 9904 have any lag. Is it snappy like the nex pioneer units ?
    [ michael brown  Oct 15, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    I cannot compare but the only lag is when it first starts. It seems normal.
    [ KAREN A  Nov 07, 2018 ]
    [ Eugene Pinchback  Sep 07, 2018 ]
    No lag apparent.
    [ eroth  Jan 19, 2018 ]
    We've found the interface to be very responsive and the customer reviews on the model have been very positive so far.
    [ Ryan  Oct 20, 2017 ]  Staff
    How is the build quality? Are the buttons loose/wiggly?
    [ Mikea  Sep 21, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    very high quality. No issues.
    [ KAREN A  Nov 07, 2018 ]
    The build quality is excellent. The controls provide a solid tactile feedback.
    [ EVAN T  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    Rock solid design and integration. I love the purchase.
    [ eroth  Jan 19, 2018 ]
    Kenwood is an excellent quality manufacturer so the build quality of their stereos is suburb. The buttons do not "wiggle" and provide great action when pressed.
    [ Ryan  Sep 23, 2017 ]  Staff
    What is the startup time for this radio (time it takes from key on to when I can see the backup camera)?
    [ Ricardo  Sep 15, 2017 ]
    4 answers
    The backup camera take priority during system boot. The backup camera image will display almost immediately while the system continues to boot in the background. The Kenwood provided backup lines will appear a few seconds into the boot process.
    [ EVAN T  Apr 09, 2018 ]
    nearly immediate.
    [ eroth  Jan 19, 2018 ]
    The backup camera is available almost immediately. The camera comes on before the system boots all the way.
    [ clyde  Sep 16, 2017 ]
    1-2 seconds
    [ Trevor  Sep 15, 2017 ]

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