About the Kenwood DNX573S
A powerful in-dash leader
A powerful in-dash leader
Kenwood's DNX573S navigation receiver offers several of the coolest advantages found in Kenwoood's 2016 lineup, including a user-friendly 6.2" touchscreen display, phone-friendly Bluetooth® connectivity, and awesome Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. With Garmin GPS guidance at the helm, you'll find this receiver makes an excellent traveling companion for destinations both near and far.
Apple CarPlay™ for convenient access
Apple CarPlay compatibility provides access to select apps on newer iPhones. Once connected, the receiver shows large icons for functions such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Now Playing, and Podcasts. Several streaming apps — including Pandora® — work within the Apple CarPlay interface as well. Drivers can access these functions by touch or through Siri® voice control. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
A completely redesigned interface, plus Garmin guidance
Kenwood updated the graphics for the DNX573S, and I have to say they look pretty sweet on the clear resistive touchscreen, which offers much better contrast and color than the old-school WVGA display. The included Garmin maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands are sure to lead you to your destination without leading you astray.
You'll also get reliable routing with spoken street names at turns, lane assistance, and realistic views of complicated intersections. And the new interface also provides more opportunities for split-screen control, so you can still follow the maps as the stereo shows you what's playing or who's calling.
Get your smartphone involved
Kenwood lets you incorporate your favorite smartphone music apps into your drive. Here are some highlights for the DNX573S:
iPhone: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio and Spotify apps through the receiver's touchscreen. Limited control over your music apps is also available via wireless Bluetooth connection. This receiver also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands. The receiver's iPhone App Mode offers some basic interaction with select apps through its touchscreen using a wired connection; some apps such as streaming video may require the parking brake to be engaged.
Android: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora app through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. If you want to go wireless to hear music from your Android phone, you get basic control of your phone's music via Bluetooth.
Connect with HDMI
The DNX573S also features an HDMI input, allowing you to connect most compatible Android smartphones and devices. WIth the correct HDMI or MHL cable connected, you'll be able to view video content from your phone on the Kenwood's screen while parked. The same goes for your iPhone 5 or newer, but you'll need to make sure you have the right combination of cables and adapters from Apple to view videos on the receiver's display.
Advanced Bluetooth plus Siri® Eyes Free
If you want to go wireless to hear your music from your Android phone, you get basic control of your phone's music via Bluetooth. You'll also get voice dialing support through most phones, plus safe Siri Eyes Free dialing with compatible iPhones. A wired connection will also get you automatic pairing with any iPhone.
Pair two phones
If you're driving with a passenger, the DNX573S can pair with up to two phones at once. You'll be able to designate one phone as the priority but be able to switch between the two with ease, as well as have access to both phonebooks.
INRIX traffic reports keep you informed
You'll get a free 2-year subscription to INRIX traffic service, which provides quick updates on congestion along your route. You'll need to have your smartphone with the app on it connected to the receiver to take advantage of these traffic updates. INRIX updates require an in-app purchase after the 2-year subscription ends.
Built-in HD Radio™ tuner
The DNX573S also features an HD Radio tuner. You'll enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into a local participating station, and there's no subscription required — just tune it in like a regular radio station.
Files, discs, portable players, etc.
This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including high-resolution lossless FLAC and WAV files — while two A/V inputs offer connections for more audio/video sources. A rear USB lets you add audio from an iPod or flash drive. And now you can even access your music files without a limit of 255 folders or 255 songs per folder. You also get an SD card slot for playing digital music files.
Ready for satellite radio
Why struggle with stations fading away as you travel? You can hook up a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included) to this receiver and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides — and your favorite stations are always there. The DNX573S works with newer SiriusXM features like TuneMix and SportsFlash, which give you even more customizable options for listening the way you want.
Add a camera or two
The DNX573S is capable of connecting two different cameras, so you can see more when you're getting in and out of tight spots. If you've got a pair of rear-view cameras, you can reverse the image of the one up front to get a more precise picture. It also adds adjustable parking guide lines for the rear-camera feed, to make it easier to get in and out of parking spots.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.
iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras — and add some upgrades
The DNX573S 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, 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.
Note: This receiver is fully compatible with iDatalink's Maestro Module. If you purchased this receiver prior to October 8, 2016, Kenwood's website now offers a firmware update which will restore full iDatalink compatibility. Apply the firmware to your Kenwood receiver for support of factory extras; reflashing the iDatalink Maestro module is not necessary.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our articles about 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.
- DVD/CD player with 6.2" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
- fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
- built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- built-in HD Radio tuner
- plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from your flash drive
- variable illumination color for keys
- Apple CarPlay™ compatible
- built-in iPod,iPhone, and iPad control (see Details for model compatibility)
- Pandora and Spotify app control via Kenwood KCPA-IP102 cable, Apple dock connector cable, or KCA-IP103 cable (limited control available via Bluetooth connection)
- Kenwood KCA-IP202 cable required for full access to audio/video content from older Apple devices
- Kenwood KCA-HD100 cable and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter required for viewing video content from Lightning devices
- Siri Eyes Free control with iPhone 4s and newer
- built-in Android control
- built-in Garmin navigation system
- maps of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, plus 6 million points of interest
- optional traffic reports available through INRIX smartphone app 2-year subscription included with purchase (smartphone required)
- text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
- plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
- Drive EQ boosts specific frequencies to overcome road noise
- 13-band EQ
- high- and low-pass filters
- digital time alignment, space enhancer, sound realizer, sound elevation, bass boost, and loudness
- dual-zone A/V output
- supports rear-view camera adjustable parking lines (optional camera required)
- works with SiriusXM SXV300 tuner —supports new Tune Mix, Traffic & Weather Now, and Sports Flash features
- inputs: HDMI input, rear USB input, SD card slot, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: rear A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
What's in the box:
- Navigation receiver w/ built-in 6.2" monitor (15A fuse)
- Sleeve (attached)
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- 39" Proprietary USB cable
- GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
- Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
- Self-adhesive pad
- 2 Radio removal tools
- 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
- 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty card
- "Caution for Smartphone Users" note
- "Correction" sheet
- "SiriusXM" brochure
Kenwood DNX573S reviews
I have a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport with Bose sound system. My system was amazing before I installed this dash and couldn't have asked for anything more. Desperately I wanted a backup camera and apply CarPlay so I made her decision to install this. Once I did so, my audio and bass were lost forever, even after messing with the audio controls, equalizer, etc. I WISH SO BADLY it didn't deplete hoe beautiful my Bose System sounded so now I am in the market for wasting money on a JL Sub Stealthbox that only worries me due to the money it's costing and mediocre reviews. Would love any feedback on how I can get my system back to normal.
0 of 1 found this helpful
The Kenwood welcome screen stays on way too long when you start the car. By the time the unit allows me to use the back-up camera, I'm already backed out of the parking lot and driving on the highway. Not only does it make you wait, you also have to tap the Agree icon, usually twice, before you can use any functions. The display is invisible through polarized sunglasses and not really bright enough in direct sunlight. Maps loose detail when you zoom out, making it difficult to navigate in back-country or rural areas.
1 of 2 found this helpful
Fantastic features. Great upgrade from stock system. HD Radio a great feature as well as Car Play. Bluetooth works well for audio streaming and making calls.
Pros: So many features. Bluetooth, CarPlay, Nav, HD Radio.
Cons: None as of yet.
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Awesome product! I'm very pleased with the back up camera, GPS and the radio. Well worth the money.
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Pros: So many options
Cons: None to date
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For the price of this Kenwood, I would think it would work as expected or perfectly at what it does. The DNX573S has some problems that really affect my experience with it specifically when trying to connect my phone to it in order to play songs from Spotify. There are two methods to do this and neither works very well. The first is Bluetooth which has an inferior app compared to Apple CarPlay. But I would be fine using either as long as they just worked. The problem is that neither method offers a fast and easy way to connect my phone. When I turn on the car I expect the Bluetooth to automatically connect and to be able to press the play button to play the last song I was listening to. But instead, I have to usually turn the truck off and turn it back on for it to connect (sometimes several times). But it is possible for it to work as long as you don't care about wasting time screwing around with it. The next option Apple CarPlay requires a USB cord to be hooked to your phone. Then you make sure that you are in the AV Input settings to allow USB to iPhone (which you have to select one or the other between Bluetooth or USB and cannot switch freely without going through some settings that are very buggy and require restarting the truck to be able to switch usually). Then I finally get the USB settings working and I go to claim my victory and click the Apple CarPlay button and it shows a black screen. So I restart the car and start again and again I get a black screen.
Pros: -Plays DVDs as expected -Plays HD Radio(although analog would have been good to include) -I really like that there is a volume knob which isn't on the 2017 model.
Cons: -Does not connect to USB without screwing around with it and turning the vehicle on and off several times. -Does not connect to Apple CarPlay without screwing around with it and turning the vehicle on and off several times. -No way to turn off HD Radio without opening some other app that uses audio. The only way to stop the noise from the HD Radio is to turn off the volume
2 of 2 found this helpful
I like my new Kenwood DNX573. The reason for the purchase was that we do lots of traveling and the magellan gps unit that I had was the suction cup window type that I used in my fedex truck (loved it too) but, every time we got out of the car, we had to remove it due to someone may want it more than we do lol! So I started shopping around looking for an in dash system that would be fixed and reliable. I have to say that I'm very satisfied. It has that option and more than what I needed. Customer service was the bomb! The only heartbreak I had was the price dropped 50 bucks a day after my purchase. I will be purchasing and referring others to Crutchfield in the future!
Pros: Navigation, applications, easy to install, customer service, and quick delivery timing.
Cons: No remote, price dropped days later.
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1 of 2 found this helpful
ALL I can say is if you're thibking about getting this KENWOOD, DO IT! I am still amazed at the amount of options and adjustments it allows you to make. On top of that having an HDMI port in the back is awesome for expandability. You can't go wrong with this guy.
Pros: Almost limitless options and tuning capabilities.
Cons: Can't find one!
0 of 0 found this helpful
Expected little more features out of it for this price. Little hard to navigate. I think there should be a clock in navigation or audio mode screen. It is only showing on the main home screen. Other than that it works fine.
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Wanted unit with Garman GPS since I am familiar and really like that platform. This unit fit that perfectly. Audio is also a great upgrade from my 10 year old Jensen CD unit. At same time put in new front door speakers and overall sound is amazing for relatively low cost. All the latest features (wifi, handsfree, apple play etc) brought my RV up to date.
1 of 1 found this helpful
So far so good. Seems like an excellent unit so far. Love the fact that you can update the maps easily with a Micro SD card. You can also purchase additional maps such as Europe. Apple CarPlay is excellent and we are seamlessly streaming Spotify as we tour down the road. The GPS is more accurate than the one in your smart phone and can even discern what lane I'm in. A little weird that I have to start the car to turn it on, but then it will stay on with the ignition turned off as long as I keep the key in it. Sometimes when I start the van, the stereo shuts off, but then it restarts after a moment. Not really sure what that is about but so far not really an issue.
Pros: Intuitive to use and has good features. Apple CarPlay is awesome. Sound is excellent and the equalizer really makes up for shortcomings in my speakers.
Cons: Documentation could be better. I read both the Navigation manual and the Stereo manual but there could be a better explanation of some of the screens.
2 of 2 found this helpful
Still getting used to it. So far great Nav unit, good radio and CD player. I dim the display when driving at night as it is very bright for night driving on the open road. Crutchfield was great to work with. A lot of stuff to learn on this unit. Not all in the manual.
Pros: Great sound. Good Navigator. Wanted something I didn't have to use my phone with. Hands free phone app is nice too. Like the equalizer. Fun to play with. EarsplittinLoudemBoomer!
Cons: Battling the radio to set my fav stations. Have some time today to try to figure it out. Not entirely user friendly. It is programmed to do what it does and that's it. About like any aftermarket unit, it has a learning curve.
1 of 2 found this helpful
Great product. Does everything you need in your vehicle. Only criticism is that the screen needs to dim more when you turn your head lights on. In town the screen brightness is fine, but if you get into an area with no street lights, it doesn't dim enough for me and can be distracting.
1 of 1 found this helpful
Great product. Easy to install. Great sound. Prompt shipping.
Pros: Easy to operate.
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This product is excellent and more than surpasses the stock radio, the equalizer settings can make your music sound insane! (You might need a professional DJ to figure out how to tune it though) the navigation is easy to work and performs very well! I love this and would strongly recommend it!
Pros: Makes all the difference in the world with your sound quality. The navigation capabilities were more than I ever imagined, and it gives your vehicle this sleek look.
Cons: All your friends are going to try and touch it!
1 of 1 found this helpful
Great unit for Multimedia and Nav at a fantastic price. What more do you want? Super responsive. Relative startup considering being a navigation unit.
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Overall the product works well, unfortunately you cannot see the screen at all in direct sunlight. At that point the unit is useless. Dont buy it. I will add photos asap
Pros: It Works
Cons: Horrible screen in direct sun
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I selected this unit for installation in my 07 Jeep GrnChr a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it has an HD tuner. Then, I wanted Bluetooth and a 3.5mm Aux-in as well as GPS. First the tuner. Normal radio is okay but nothing special, not as good as the old Sony CDX-GT700HD I am replacing. HD section is more comparable, locks and holds stations well. Setting up Bluetooth phone seemed straight forward but did not harvest address book on first pass. Deleted and re-did the relationship and then worked as expected. Does not function well with Skype for business but normal phone calls and music are excellent. Running a Nakamichi ( TD-500) cassette in the Aux sounds incredible. Very nice to be able to set different gain levels for various sources. While my amp has built in crossover, the 573S offers more flexibility plus its easier to adjust from the drivers seat and hear the change vs doing it from the back of the Jeep. Overall a nice unit, highly recommend. Looking forward to taking it on a 5 hour road trip next week.
Pros: HD Radio is wonderful solid GPS functionality good audio controls, EQ, Crossover, spacial settings
Cons: Tuner not all that great annoying licensing screen every time unit powers on
3 of 3 found this helpful
Excellent unit with all of the features I was looking for in a stereo. Very easy and straight forward to install. I highly recommend this unit.
Pros: Easy to use and excellent display.
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The Kenwood DNX573S is awesome, it was easy to install and connect but I would use Maestros steering wheel controller not Axxess. The receiver does everything that we wanted and needed and the sound is awesome. It works really well with our Android phones and a cool feature is that it carries two phones in it cue and will automatically detect which phone is being used, there is no need to go into the program to manually choose which phone that you are using, it just knows. The Maestro steering wheel controller allows us to use the steering wheel controls for sound, channel changing and voice control on our phones. The GUI is really well done and easy to navigate through, it has been designed so that all the features are really easy to find and use, there are honestly no distractions in trying to find what you need while driving. I would definitely recommend this receiver to anyone that is looking for an easy to use really good sounding unit that has navigation and pairs easily with Android or Apple phones.
Pros: Easy to use and install, sounds great, pairs with up to two phones automatically once installed, works great with Android phones, awesome GUI
Cons: none that I have found
4 of 4 found this helpful
I installed this in my 2005 F150. This head unit typifies the Kenwood name. it is flawless in its execution of every function. No waiting for nav to come on, no waiting for backup camera to fire up, all is instantaneous. Sound is awesome and install is easy, The final look after install is Factory fit and finish.
4 of 4 found this helpful
Nice graphics,great Kewood sound.A little fussy with seemingly extra steps to certain functions.Garmin Gps not as informative or versatile as my previous dash mount Garmins.Unit slightly taller than dash fascia opening,bugs me to look at.
2 of 3 found this helpful
Easy to use I can listen to my iPhone and USB. I love the price is not bad and Crutchfield is always ready to answer any questions.
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Top of the line product. Backup camera and GPS is great. It is complicated and not as intuitive as I would have hoped which is why the four stars instead of five. Tried to install but it became obvious the skill level required a professional.
Pros: Does everything you could want a GPS/Audio System to do. Especially like the Apple Play since I have an Apple phone.
Cons: A little complicated, therefore, has a learning curve. Need a professional to install. Tried with tech support and it was too complex.
4 of 4 found this helpful
An excellent product, typical of Kenwood products I've owned previously. It's a great improvement in a nine year old Dodge Ram 3500 truck I have no desire to replace anytime soon. I like Kenwood products because the buttons and controls are intuitive and labeled where appropriate. Old eyes and an old oem premium sound head unit in my truck had made it increasingly difficult to read the screen information. I can easily see and operate the touch screen controls in this intuitive, practical, high performance Kenwood unit. Crutchfield representative Tim LISTENED carefully to my statement of wants and needs and guided me professionally to a product that would meet my stated goals instead of dragging me toward his personal preferences. GOOD JOB, TIM! The pre-wired "plug and play" adapter harness which was touted as a quick, easy, and affordable alternative to do-it-yourself connectors did not live up to the claims. One of the screw-on connectors installed at Crutchfield was poorly assembled. One of the wires appeared to be connected but was not making contact so the head unit did not work when connected. This forced another call for technical assist and resulted in more time spent by my installer and a larger bill for his work. Crutchfield owes me a refund for the harness and additional time spent by my installer.
6 of 7 found this helpful
I love this HU. There are many features that make this unit very versatile. I took a day off from work and installed this myself in my 97 Tahoe. I replaced the stock speakers with JBL 6 3/4 speakers in each door a few weeks prior so after replacing the HU the sound quality went from good to great. The touch screen response has been good and having a split screen between nav and source is really cool. The sound quality when connecting my cell phone is superb and I usually have to turn the volume down, I have the mic mounted just above the rear view mirror. I have had 0 problems with Bluetooth connectivity other than I forgot that I changed the PIN for security on initial connection. I am still getting used to all the features but over all I am very impressed with the performance and choice of purchase.
Pros: Sounds and looks awesome.
Cons: None with the unit itself. I just do not like the 1/4 gap between the bezel upon finishing because the mounting bracket holes are semi fixed and will take some modifying to get the unit to sit flush or protrude to get that factory look.
4 of 4 found this helpful
Very happy with the unit so far. Has a lot of features
Pros: Touch screen and the album covers on the screen
2 of 3 found this helpful
Looks great in my vehicle, Apple car play is awesome. So far so good.
3 of 4 found this helpful
Great sounding stereo with all of the features one could ask for. The display, however, is in need of a serious upgrade. The display has poor contrast and the navigation screen is totally useless in bright sunlight.
Pros: Great features for the price. Great sounding stereo.
Cons: Display is washed out with poor contrast and and the navigation screen is totally useless in bright sunlight.
10 of 10 found this helpful
Expected a great deal more out of this stereo for the price tag attached. With that being said, I was migrating from a stock radio so it was most certainly an upgrade for me. I am apparently in the minority of people who do not want to put all of their music on their phone (to save storage) so I have an iPod. I have over 5000 songs on my iPod (another reason why I can't put my music collection on my phone). I say all of this to say I was expecting to be able to EASILY connect my phone to the radio (using CarPlay feature) as well as connect my iPod to exclusively play music from it. Configuring it to be able to do so was a bit of a headache but it is possible. One big complaint I do have is that of the Voice Vommand feature which comes on later model Garmin standalone gps units, of which I do own. It would just make sense to me to have that feature to help integrate the whole handsfree driving experience.
Pros: Huge Screen Size, Glare With Top Down Not An Issue
Cons: Price tag a little hefty, doesn't make using multiple devices at once easy (but is possible), voice command on Garmin standalone units not available
6 of 6 found this helpful
After searching and reviewing numerous different units I opted for this one. OEM still worked and was nice enough but the wife's new car spoiled me. It had everything I was looking for and the fact that it used Garmin, familiar with the system, for the GPS made it even nicer. Could have bought it at a local big box store for a little bit cheaper but the fact that Crutchfield sends everything you need to do the install with it was the clincher. Easy and clean install, the hardest part was finding that pesky reverse wire, on the truck, for the back-up camera.
8 of 8 found this helpful
Great price wife loves the gps
Pros: Everything works great
Cons: Would like it to have a bigger screen
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I expected a lot more out of this stereo for the price I paid. Overall it works well. The sound quality is very good. But, that is the case with most stereos much cheaper than this one. I purchesed this particular unit because of the colorful interface and the GPS. The interface is nice in that you can change backgrounds to anything you like. Ther is one major annoyance here. There is a small graphic where the album art is supposed to appear. If there is no album art, then a very bright blue colored pattern appears instead that completely covers and detracts from the background you might have. There is no way to make that go away. In most cases, the album art does not show up so I am stuck with thsi pattern all the time. Second, when I plug in a jump drive into the usb port to play my music, there is no way to shuffle songs. Really. I have to listen to the same menu all the time. Suffle seems like it should be standard on everything. This is the way I listen to my music and the main reason I gave this a lower rating. Third, the traffic app has nothing to do with the built in GPS. It is a seperate app that must be downloaded to your phone and them you have to have the blutooth on the phone communicate with the steareo. It uses data off my phone service to give me any traffic updates. Well I could do that with any phone app. Where is the advantage of this thereo then? Not what I expected for the money but I'll end up keeping it anyway.
Pros: Great sound, nice features.
Cons: No shuffle option on usb. No real traffic option throught the stereo.
12 of 15 found this helpful
Impressive unit. FM radio is clear with easy to use presets and scanning. XM radio is clear. Adequate power to drive optional factory amp in my 2003 Mercury. Screen is clear with good resolution and color rendition. CD player is excellent. Has loads of features and I like the screen blanking for night driving. Easy bluetooth set-up and works great with my I-phone. Nav system display is easy to understand and use. Easy wiring. My only complaint is that FM band only goes down to 87.9 and one of my favorite stations is on 87.7.
12 of 13 found this helpful
This radio is a good choice for my 2013 Wrangler Freedom Edition. I have been looking but I found prices way too high or too low with bad reviews and maps. Chad recommended this radio with Garmin maps and other features. Wow! What a great buy and fit. Plus it sounds so good with my factory Alpine premium sound system. thanks Crutchfield john
6 of 8 found this helpful
Just learning how to use new system. Every day more impressed how good the system is.
Pros: Adds new items to now so new truck. Saved more than $30,000 no need to by new truck.
Cons: Waited too long before upgrading.
3 of 6 found this helpful
My Mazda OEM head unit DVD drive for the navigation map DVD failed, so I had to replace it. The Kenwood DNX573S is much superior to the OEM unit. Colorful graphics, easy, intuitive interface. I much prefer the Garmin nav system to the OEM system. Easier to use, more features. The Kenwood unit also has Apple Carplay, which the OEM unit didn't have. Fairly easy to install, with crucial help from the Crutchfield staff. Fit nicely into the center stack. One comment - Crutchfield did not have an adapter to allow the rear view camera to display on the Kenwood unit. However, such an adapter is available on the internet, and easily integrates into the system. Get it before you install the package.
Pros: Great graphics, Garmin nav system, straightforward installation.
Cons: Screen tends to wash out in bright sunlight.
8 of 8 found this helpful
Nice radio, instruction were a bit lacking, detail of what each function does would be nice. Have not hook up the camera or sat. Does not dim with your dimmer switch, only has one dimmer setting when you turn your lights on. The Navigation menus took some time to work through, you have to download them separately.
8 of 8 found this helpful
I wish I would have gotten this for my Prius as well . I got the pioneer 270bt. It ok but this 10 times better
5 of 9 found this helpful
1st off, I am really happy with this unit. The Nav works well, the sound quality is good, the menus are pretty easy to use, the integration with the MaestroRR works very well (great integration with the MFD, including what is playing and Nav). The menus are customizeable so the features you want are shown on the main page. I have 2 large annoyances that prevent me from giving the unit a 5-star rating: 1) There is a popup on the screen every time you turn the radio on that prevents usage until you touch it. It won't go away after a timeout and cannot be disabled via the menus. For some people this may be a deal-breaker as it is really annoying. Personally, I like the radio enough that even with this annoyance, I've decided to keep the unit 2) The screen glare is much worse than the stock unit in my VW. It can be mostly unusable if the sun reflects off it There are a few other minor annoyances. 1) I think they could have done a much better job with the interface to play music off the SD-card. This is the same interface used in my 2002 Kenwood unit (albeit with a nice big touch screen). Why can't we have an interface that sorts by artist, album, song, etc, rather than just forcing me to choose from a file-list. Not everyone wants to integrate with their phone to play music. 2) The GPS setup is not integrated into the radio setup. Figuring out how to configure the GPS took us some time. But it is fully configurable once you realize it must be d
Pros: Quality sound, Maestro RR interface/MFD display, customizable menus, nice look, quality Nav
Cons: The pop-up screen on startup, screen glare, interface for music playback via sd-card
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Let me start off by saying this unit is in desperate need of a firmware update so it doesn't crash as often as it does. That being said, if I had known this head unit would crash this often and how the unit is overall, I would not have purchased it. I had waited for this unit to come out for a while, because I didn't want to buy an old unit when this one was only being held up by Apple approving its CarPlay software. I bought the unit and had no problems with the install. However, this unit kind of disappoints you when you realize you how much you spent on it. The menus lack nice design, it takes a while for the head unit to turn on when you start the vehicle, and you always have to hit 'ok' on the warning message every single time the vehicle is started. Why not agree to it once and move on? The radio interface is terrible. There are menus hidden here and there, which makes one ask, "Why not have all this under settings?". I guess I've gotten spoiled with how simple an iPhone is. The unit has a one second delay or more when the physical buttons on the face plate are pressed. In my opinion: I swung and missed picking this unit. And in turn, Kenwood whiffed at making a quality, after-market head unit that doesn't even compare to the ease of use that OEM factory stereos have. If Kenwood wants to at least salvage what respect it has left, it would update the software on this unit so at least it wouldn't crash as often.
Pros: Generally has all the features you would want
Cons: Price, frequent crashes/system reboots, system responsiveness, non-intuitive menu layout, overall design
27 of 28 found this helpful
Absolutely love it! Installation was a breeze. zero modifications were needed (although we did have to add a piece to the back of the radio to hold it in place). I feel like the maps in navigation may be a bit old, but the sound system ROCKS. Sounds way better than the factory radio. awesome features, easy to navigate through. bluetooth works like a charm as well.
Cons: the ONLY problem i have so far is when i have apple Carplay going, sometimes it will cut out and will not work (but it will continue to charge). but i remedy this by simply unplugging and plugging my phone back in.
11 of 12 found this helpful
Start off with saying installation was a breeze. Used Idatalink Maestro and associated wiring harness to integrate the steering controls, onstar, bluetooth hands free, xm radio, etc. Well every thing worked except for the factory XM radio (tech support is working on this but have no answer as to why at this time) i'm told it is a Kenwood problem and will more than likely require a system firmware update. Next problem I ran into is the factory hands free has a bunch of bad engine noise and I figure this is a product of the Idatalink Maestro product since it handles the audio integration for this. Finally I figured by this day in age the menu options would be much farther along. Why can I not add or delete main menu items that I do or do not use like ipod. I do not use it and feel I should be able to replace it with another selection.
Pros: Nice looking, easy to install, decent instructions, sound great.
Cons: Factory integration limitations, End user menu customization/ menu setup lacking.
8 of 9 found this helpful
More details on the Kenwood DNX573S
Features & specs
|AUX Input||Mini (rear)|
|Audio/video Input||HDMI (rear), Mini (rear)|
|Backup Camera Input||Yes|
|Second Camera Input||Yes|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, microSD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM 3.0|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||N/A|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
|High-res Playback||WAV/FLAC (24-bit/192kHz)|
6.2" Clear Resistive Touchscreen: The Kenwood DNX573S navigation receiver features a 6.2" widescreen (16:9) clear resistive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The clear resistive touchscreen LCD provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. Touchscreen operations include tap, tap & hold, flick left or right, and swipe up or down.
- Custom Home Screen & Shortcuts: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the seven most sources you use most to this screen. Three programmable shortcut source keys offer a quick jump to your favorite sources
- Background Images: You can choose between six preset background images or download your own still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
- Picture Adjustments: During video playback, you can adjust the touchscreen LCD monitor's backlight, contrast, black level, brightness, color, tint, and aspect ratio (Full/Normal/Auto).
Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire of the wiring must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as Navigation Maps, CarPlay & Mirroring.
Dual Core Processor w/ Faster Start-Up Time: The Kenwood navigation receiver utilizes a Linux based system and dual core processor for faster operating speeds and enhanced stability. The unit has start-up time of approximately 17.7 seconds from OFF to the last source selected or navigation map screen.
Split Screen AV Control: The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the head unit's touchscreen monitor into two screens, with navigation on the left and a source window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen, as well as song/artist information and basic playback controls (rear-view camera) simultaneously. You can even display the navigation map screen and DVD or AV-IN video simultaneously with the vehicle's parking brake engaged.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination, as well as display background color from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim the head unit's display & front-panel illumination automatically when your vehicle's light switch is turned On, if you have the unit's orange/white "Illumination" wire connected to your vehicle's headlamp circuit. You can also choose to have the receiver's display & front-panel dimmer function to sync with the unit's built-in navigation Day/Night dimmer feature. In addition, you can choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.
Clock & Date: The navigation 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 DNX573S 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 nav head unit. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DNX573S against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.
2-DIN Chassis: The DNX573S has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.
Garmin Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation software and map data, the Kenwood DNX573S features on-screen maps of the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.
Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNX573S will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via USB & microSD card. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood DNX573S employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable which plugs into the back of the head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" square.
- Acquisition Time: 29 seconds (cold)
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Accuracy: <2.5 meters continuous (Position), 0.1 meter/sec (Velocity)
Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 13.7 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to LA, California. It only took 7.1 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to Baltimore Maryland. These tests were done inside the Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Head Quarters. Results will vary based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.
INRIX Traffic: You can receive INRIX traffic information and weather forecast through the Kenwood DNX573S by connecting your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) or Android (OS 4.0.3+) smartphone with "Kenwood's Traffic Powered By INRIX" application (from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) installed. While the DNX573S is in navigation mode, it pulls real-time data from the INRIX Traffic app on your smartphone which provides you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, traffic cameras, and travel advisory information on-screen. You get 2 years free access to INRIX traffic information (fees will apply after 2nd year). Your iPhone must be connected via USB, while your Android smartphone must be connected via Bluetooth to the Kenwood navigation receiver.
- Traffic: By automatically learning a user's driving habits, INRIX Traffic personalizes routes to avoid the worst traffic, recommends trips and departure times, and provides automatic, intelligent alerts to keep users aware of changing road conditions. INRIX even rovides real-time images from traffic cameras along major roadways to supplement the traffic information.
- Weather: INRIX provides local area current temperatures, forecasted weather conditions, and severe weather alerts. It also gives you advance warning of dangerous weather-related road conditions ahead, keeping your safer along your route.
- Parking: INRIX helps you to find detailed parking information, including parking availability in nearby garages and pricing information.
- Fuel: INRIX also helps you find nearby fuel stations and compare fuel prices.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood DNX573S displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the DNX573S guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation.
- Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
- 2D/3D Map View: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).
- Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station wagon, sports car, compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.
Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers, only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can independently adjust the volume (0-40) of the voice prompts without affecting the main volume. The unit offers English, French, and Spanish voice prompts.
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNX573S will mute the music source, when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Turn/Lane Assistant + Exit Service: While navigating a route, a preview of the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the lane in which you should be traveling, if available. The Exit Services function lets you search roadway exits for food, lodging, and rest areas so you are never left guessing what is around the bend. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posted speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.
Destination & Location Screens: The DNX573S offers a variety of destination/location screens & functions to help you along your route.
- Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
- Where To? Screen: The "Where To?" screen provides
several different ways to enter your destination. The navigation system
automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also
choose to have the DNX573S search for places in a different city, a recent
destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your
- Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
- Go Home: You can store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location.
- Address/Cities/Intersections: Input your destination address by house number, street, city, and zip-code. You can also search for a city by name or search two intersecting streets.
- POI Category + Quick Search: The detailed maps loaded in this navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels, parking, auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use these categories to browse for nearby businesses and attractions. After you have performed a search for a point-of-interest, certain categories may display a Quick Search list that displays the last four destinations you selected
- Favorites & Recents: You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later. You can also choose from one of your most recent destinations (up to 50) or waypoints.
- Search Bar & Shortcuts: You can use the Search Bar to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city name. In addition, you can add up to 36 shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location, a category, or a search tool.
- Quick Search:
- Where I've Been/Trip Log: The "Where I've Been" application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.
Trends: The DNX573S has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.
- myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites, and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days of regular driving usage.
- trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.
- Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX573S calculates fuel used, the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
- At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price, amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
- ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you
maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your
overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You
overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
- Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
- Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid acceleration
- Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose points for hard braking
- Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance, the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a destination. A mileage report (up to 20) is created for every route that you drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is created for the distance you traveled.
Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNX573S might not calculate a detour.
Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use. You can even add scheduling information to each location in your trip, including the desired arrival time and layover duration at each location.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving when the vehicle's parking brake is disengaged. You will need to engage the vehicle's parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.
GPS Simulator: You can turn the unit's GPS receiver off and simulate travel along a projected routed.
Bluetooth 3.0 The Kenwood DNX573S is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0 allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile), GAP (Generic Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood DNX573S. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time, making it easier to switch between devices. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.
- Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DNX573S without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
- Auto Pairing (for iPhone): You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the Kenwood DNX573S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DNX573S 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 DNX573S, 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 1,000 entries) from your phone to the DNX573S. 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 each).
- 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 DNX573S 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 DNX573S for playback.
- SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DNX573S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DNX573S 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 DNX573S lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.5+ phones only).
- Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DNX573S 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 DNX573S 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 DNX573S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning-connector. Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls. Use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mail, send/ receive messages and select music in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.
- Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
- Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Kenwood receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
- Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
- Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):
Note: If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.
iPod AV Playback: The Kenwood DNX573S supports direct connection of your Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone or 30-pin iPhone 4S through its rear-panel USB port or HDMI input. The DNX573S offers audio & video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models.
- Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DNX573S for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Kenwood navigation receiver. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the Kenwood DNX573S, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, Kenwood's Lightning-to-USB cable (or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device), and Kenwood's KCA-HD100 (or other HDMI cable); all sold separately.
- 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPhone 4S with a 30-pin connector, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPhone to the DNX573S for audio playback only. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your iPhone on the Kenwood DNX573S, you'll need Apple's 30-pin AV adapter, the 30-pin to USB cable that came with your device, and Kenwood's KCA-HD100 (or other HDMI cable); all sold separately.
Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.
iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Kenwood DNX573S supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.
- 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, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.
- Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DNX573S 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.
Mirroring via HDMI: The Kenwood DNX573S features a rear-panel MHL-compatible HDMI input that allows the navigation receiver to mirror the display of your compatible Apple iPhone and Android smartphone. Mirroring of your device will not always appear in full-screen on the Kenwood unit's touchscreen display. Mirroring of your mobile device does not require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged. You will continue to use your iPhone's or Android device's touchscreen for control; the head unit's touchscreen does not support control.
- For iPhone: The Kenwood receiver will mirror the display of your HDMI/USB/Bluetooth connected iPhone (iOS 9.0+) device. You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your iPhone iOS device through the Kenwood receiver. Connection method is based on your type of iPhone. If you have a newer iPhone with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter and Kenwood's Lightning-to-USB cable (or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device); if you have an older 30-pin iPhone 4S, you'll need Apple's 30-pin AV adapter, the 30-pin-to-USB cable that came with your device. In addition, for both types of iPhones, you will need a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (all sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The Bluetooth connection allows you to continue to take Bluetooth phone calls.
- For Android: The Kenwood receiver will mirror the display of your HDMI/MHL-connected & Bluetooth-paired Android (OS 4.1+) device. You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your Android smartphone through the Kenwood receiver. The head unit's HDMI port is MHL (v2) compatible; this means you can simply connect select MHL-compatible Android smartphones to the receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as Kenwood's KCA-MH100 cable (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection allows you to continue to make hands-free calls.
- Access to your iPhone or Android device's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android device to connect to the Internet. Not all Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.
- When "Automotive Mirroring" is activated within the head unit's menu, CarPlay is not functional. In order to use CarPlay, "Automotive Mirroring" must be turned off.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DNX573S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/4/2016):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||CarPlay||Mirroring||Album Art||Song/Artist||Track Info||Phone||Audio||Siri|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
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 DNX573S 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.
microSD Card Slot: The navigation head unit is fitted with a microSD card slot on the front-panel. The microSD card slot supports both microSD memory cards and microSDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of a variety of compressed and high-resolution music files, as well as standard and high-definition video files, plus JPEG still image stored on a compatible microSD/SDHC memory card (see chart below).
USB Port: The Kenwood DNX573S rear-panel USB port consists of a proprietary connector and a 39" proprietary USB cable terminated by female USB (type-A) connector. The USB port can be used for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital music player. The USB port enables playback of a variety of compressed and high-resolution music files, as well as standard and high-definition video files, plus JPEG still image 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 navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: This head unit's USB port does not support Android smartphone & tablet devices.
File Compatibility: The Kenwood DNX573S supports the following types of compressed and high-resolution audio files, standard and high-definition video files, and JPEG photo files recorded onto a disc, loaded onto a USB mass storage class device, or saved on a microSD/SDHC memory card.
|Media Type||Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW)||Flash Memory (USB MSC & microSD/SDHC)|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name||FAT 16/32, NTFS|
|Playable File Types||Audio||MP3/WMA/AAC:
bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency
of 16-48kHz |
WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency
of 16-48kHz |
WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
|Video||MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max
bit-rate of 1.5Mbps |
MPEG-2: max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
MPEG-4: max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
H.264: max resolution of 1280 x 720 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
WMV/MKV: max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
|Photo||N/A||JPEG: 32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680|
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder)||9,999 folders/50,000 files(999 files per folder)|
|Tags||MP3 ID3-tags, WMA/AAC/FLAC-tags, & Album Art|
High Resolution Audio Playback: The Kenwood DNX573S supports playback of high-resolution FLAC & WAV music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz), via USB or microSD (not disc).
List Search: You can search folders & files on a disc, USB device, or microSD card according to hierarchy.
Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.
HD 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 DNX573S to search only HD Radio stations. In addition, you can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
- Tuner Presets: The DNX573S's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24). Not only does the navigation receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
- Station Info/Album Art AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art.
- Multicasting & Emergency Alerts: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8). HD Radio also delivers critical and life-saving messages to the public during emergency situations.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood DNX573S 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/Category Search/Direct Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category. . You can also tune directly to a station or channel by entering the desired frequency or channel number.
- Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, & Album Art can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Smart Favorite Presets: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite
Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets on the
current band are recognized as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as
- TuneStart: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel.
- TuneScan: TuneScan plays the first 6 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
- TuneMix: TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from your Smart Favorite preset music channels from the current SiriusXM preset band, allowing you to build a custom channel from as few as two to as many as six music channels.
- Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content from your six Smart Favorite channels.
- Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked.
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX573S utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality from compressed (up to 48kHz) and high-resolution music files (up to 192kHz) with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX573S 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 DNX573S 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/4V Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The DNX573S features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and offers independent level control (-50 to +10 dB).
DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes & locations, listening distances, and x-over points. You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.
- Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: Select your optimal listening position from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front All. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. The Front Focus feature even lets you localize the sound image in front of a selected seat (Left or Right).
- Car & Speaker Type: Indicate the type of vehicle and
the size of your vehicle's speakers, plus their location inside the vehicle.
- Car: Select your car type - Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long) or Off.
- Speaker Size: Independently set the Front & Rear speakers to OEM 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10", or None. You can set the Subwoofer to 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15"+, or None. Set the Tweeter to Small, Middle, Large, or None.
- Speaker Location: Set the location of the Front speakers to Upper Door Area, Lower Door Area, On Dash, or Under Dash. Set the location of your Rear speakers to Upper Door Area, Lower Door Area, Upper Cargo Area, Lower Cargo Area, Upper 3rd Row Area, Lower 3rd Row Area, or Parcel Shelf Area.
- High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: Allows you to set
high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a Front, Rear, and
Subwoofer speaker setup.
- Front & Rear: Independently set high pass filter
(HPF) for your front & rear speakers.
- Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
- Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
- Gain: -8 to 0 dB
- Sub: Set low pass filter (LPF) for unit sub output.
- Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
- Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
- Gain: -8 to 0 dB
- Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
- Front & Rear: Independently set high pass filter (HPF) for your front & rear speakers.
Equalizer: The Kenwood DNX573S offers 8 EQ Presets for east adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, and a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.
- Preset EQ: The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Pops, Easy, Top40, Jazz, Powerful, Rock, or User 1-4) suitable for the music genre of your choice.
- 13-Band EQ: The User modes (1-4) allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 13-band EQ (62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency's gain level can be adjusted from -9dB to +9 dB.
- Drive EQ: The Drive EQ mode helps you hear your music over road noise. It boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.
Music Enhancement: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression, as well as enhance the sound by virtually manipulating the soundscape.
- Sound Realizer: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Realizer feature boosts low frequencies which can be lost during compression. Set to Level 1, Level 1, Level 3, or Off.
- Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
- Space Enhancer & Stage EQ: You can set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level. You can also virtually raise the sound position heard from your speakers; the Stage EQ can be set to High, Middle, Low, or Off.
Volume Level & Bass Management: The navigation receiver offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your sources. The DNX573S 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 DNX573S 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 Input: The Kenwood DNX573S navigation 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.
HDMI/MHL Input: In addition to iPhone and Android Mirroring, the head unit's HDMI/MHL input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device.
Note: There is a bracket on the back of the receiver that will need to be removed to access the HDMI input. The bracket can be reattached to the back of the unit once you have plugged in your HDMI cable (sold separately).
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 (not HDMI), USB, microSD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation receiver or your rear entertainment system.
Note: If you select USB, microSD, Disc, Mirroring, Bluetooth, or Apple CarPlay as the main source, then you cannot select USB or SD as the AV output source.
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 navigation receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier, and select Toyota/Scion vehicles.
- Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Kenwood head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
- Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.
Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Kenwood receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.
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