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Kenwood Excelon DNX694S

Navigation receiver

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"Excelon" might not be part of your everyday vocabulary, but the word means a lot to the people at Kenwood.

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About the Kenwood Excelon DNX694S

Kenwood Excelon excellence with a 6.8" touchscreen

"Excelon" might not be part of your everyday vocabulary, but the word means a lot to the people at Kenwood. It represents a higher standard, one which gets fulfilled with the Kenwood Excelon DNX694S navigation receiver. In addition to a beautiful 6.8" display and killer phone integration, it offers extras like a 2-year warranty, high-voltage preamp outputs, dual detachable USB inputs, and top-notch audio components for truly immersive sound.
 

Kenwood Excelon excellence with a 6.8" touchscreen

"Excelon" might not be part of your everyday vocabulary, but the word means a lot to the people at Kenwood. It represents a higher standard, one which gets fulfilled with the Kenwood Excelon DNX694S navigation receiver. In addition to a beautiful 6.8" display and killer phone integration, it offers extras like a 2-year warranty, high-voltage preamp outputs, dual detachable USB inputs, and top-notch audio components for truly immersive sound.
 

Kenwood Excelon DNX694S navigation receiver

No need to choose between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Kenwood designed the DNX694S to work seamlessly with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. No matter what phone you (or your passengers) prefer, you can access the apps you need without getting distracted from the matter at hand — driving your vehicle. The receiver gives you fingertip or voice control of your apps, and its resistive touchscreen display offers plenty of real estate for accessing your sources and other important info — you can even customize the source button locations for easier access. You also get control of select music apps (like Pandora and Spotify) through the receiver via a wireless Bluetooth connection for most Android devices.

The Kenwood KCA-IP103 cable offers a durable and car-ready Lightning-to-USB connection for your iPhone.

Connect with two phones at once

If you're driving with a passenger, the DNX694S 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.

Drive smarter with Garmin leading the way

The DNX694S supplies Garmin maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. You'll also get reliable routing with spoken street names at turns, lane assistance, and realistic views of complicated intersections. Kenwood's 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.

INRIX traffic reports help you stay on schedule

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.

HD Radio

Take the built-in HD Radio tuner for a spin

The DNX694S 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.

High-res audio

Great for discs, drives, and more

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including high-resolution lossless FLAC and WAV files — while an A/V input offers connection for more audio/video sources. A pair of detachable USB inputs let you add audio from an iPod or flash drive. You also get a microSD card slot for playing digital music files and making map updates.

Satellite radio for coast-to-coast coverage

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 DNX694S works with TuneMix, SportsFlash, and other new SiriusXM features which give you even more customizable options for listening the way you want.

Supreme sonics

Kenwood equipped this Excelon receiver with custom-made or carefully curated sonic components— including three sets of gold-plated 5-volt preamp outputs — to deliver peak levels of audio performance. Kenwood's Drive EQ+ technology boosts certain frequencies that are easily masked by wind and tires rolling on asphalt. It also enhances your music's bottom end as your speed increases, so you can really feel those tunes as you drive. You can also craft the sound to your ears' content with a 13-band equalizer and other soundshaping tools at your disposal.

Get the view from up to two cameras

This Kenwood 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. The receiver also features a dedicated input for Kenwood's DRV-N520 Drive Recorder so you can capture your travels in high definition.

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 DNX694S 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, Fiat, Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota, or VW vehicle that you'd 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 guide lines that curve with the motion of your steering wheel.

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.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.8" 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
    Smartphone Features:
    • Apple CarPlay compatibile
    • Android Auto compatible
    • built-in iPod,iPhone, and iPad control (see Details for model compatibility)
      • Kenwood KCA-IP202 cable required for full access to audio/video content from older Apple devices
      • Siri Eyes Free control with select iPhones
    • built-in Android control
      • Pandora and Spotify app control via Bluetooth connection
    Navigation Features:
    • 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
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and microSD 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)
    • audiophile-quality sonic circuitry including gold-plated preouts
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: two detachable rear USB inputs; SD card slot; rear A/V input; two camera inputs; Kenwood DRV-N520 Drive Recorder input
    • outputs: rear A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • compatible with iDatalink Maestro
      • retains factory settings for Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota, and VW
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # DNX694S
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    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ built-in 6.75" 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 male 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Warranty card

    Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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    Crutchfield customer from Cleveland, NY on 10/1/2018

    2013 Chevrolet Corvette

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    Easy to install, tons of functions, works fine with backup cam and sirius radio

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    Wayne from Greeley, CO on 9/27/2018

    2006 GMC Yukon Denali

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    Would give 5stars but they still don't have a clock on every screen. And if you put two trip meters there should be a way to clear them separately (silly you can only clear everything need a up to fix that) check your fit before cutting anything. This fit in 06 Yukon without any modifications..

    Pros: Great looking, easy to use plenty of options.

    Cons: No clock when on navigation screen. With two trip meters you should be able to zero them one at a time.. ( one for every gas up and one for your entire trip)

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    Crutchfield customer from Jackson, NJ on 9/17/2018

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Radio works great, has all the right features if your looking to upgrade from an older stock system.

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    Is there anything better? Doubt it ...

    Ed from San Diego, CA on 9/9/2018

    2005 Toyota 4Runner

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    Thi is the most obvious 5 starred product I can remember every reviewing. Just a truly great receiver and GPS unit. Wow what an upgrade. This unit has it all. I've fiddled with most of the options and it's pretty amazing how well it works. You can tailor the sound to your liking in a number of ways. They work, it's fun. Some menus are a little complex and finding what you did before sometimes seems impossible, but that's the learning curve in action. One little bit of info that might help someone else. I rely on the steering wheel controls. Once installed with the ASWC-1 I could not get the presets to cycle through. I called Crutchfield and was told it was not possible because the Kenwood does not recognize the preset command from the ASWC-1. As this was key for my use, I removed the unit, and arranged for a return. I packed the unit up, and even stuck the label on the box. But I thought I should google this a little. I found the simple solution out there on the inter webs. Just set seek mode to Auto2 and it works fine. So I had to install the unit twice, but I find it fun, so not a big issue.

    Pros: Sound is fantastic. HD Radio is cool and works. GPS integration with HU . Compass and upcoming street are cool features Front view camera as well as rear view. Wide variety of connection options including Android Auto. Micro SD for music library.

    Cons: No built-in Mic. Garmin map updates are expensive. No Volume knob No Mute, just Attenuation

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    Steve from Haughton, LA on 9/4/2018

    2017 Ram 2500

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    Great product with High Viz. easy to install and sounds great.

    Pros: Easy install and great sound

    Cons: Little hard to understand install instructions

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    Upgrade your factory Nav now!

    Frank from Stafford, VA on 9/2/2018

    2005 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    Greta piece of kit!! Integrated Garmin Nav, Spotify,Pandora, Apple CarPlay etc. You will not be disappointed with this Nav Radio

    Pros: Easy install User friendly Sounds great 3 preamp outputs

    Cons: N/A

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    Eloy from Meadows Place, TX on 9/2/2018

    2011 Ford F-150 XL

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    Excellent radio iam so glad to buy it

    Pros: Good nav audio and everything

    Cons: None

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    Lots of features, but a complex menu

    Tim from Anchorage, AK on 8/30/2018

    2005 Toyota Prius

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    The 694S has a lot of features, which is a plus. But it also has correspondingly complex menu which takes some time to learn.

    Pros: Lots of features. Two USB ports. Connectors for multiple cameras or a rear DVD Player. A some what customize-able menu display.

    Cons: The menu is overly complex with a lot of smaller icon which can be distracting to use when driving. A non glare (matte) screen option would be nice.

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    Great Head unit!!

    Crutchfield customer from Mooresville, NC on 8/28/2018

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    This thing right out of the box blew me away. It has so many different features. You can see many different rear time stats right on the screen. Full or 1/2 screen navigation. I coupled it to an am and subs and it rocks out the corolla.

    Pros: Ease of use, so many controls, screen looks great, I could go on and on and on. There is not 1 feature I don't like.

    Cons: Only allows for 2 phones to be connected for use with the phone. We have multiple drivers in our family and having to unconnected a device to the system is somewhat of a pain. That's all I got.

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    So far, So great!

    Jim from Gilbert, AZ on 8/27/2018

    2013 Honda CRV

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    08/27/2018 (Day one) - Called the Crutchfield 844 number and spoke promptly with Curtis. Great to be on the phone with. Nice thing is they can pass info on systems right to your screen so you can both review, very helpful. Ordered the Kenwood Excelon DNX694S, wiring harness and dash cam. Received my email right after phone confirmation. Regular shipping (free) one week. I live in AZ. NEXT UPDATE: *** Waiting to install and test, with pictures ***

    Pros: Great service and vast variety of receivers of which you can filter down to your top five.

    Cons: Nope. Nothing yet.

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    Very happy

    Michael from San Antonio, TX on 8/26/2018

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    Can't say I'm an audio expert, but dang, this unit sounds "really" good. I have the naviagation system I wanted plus the ability to monitor my trucks gagues and the great sound is like the cherry on top.

    Pros: Has all the features I was hoping for. The instructions for removing the factory system were great.

    Cons: Not being very tech savvy I found no instructions for the install and my call to Crutchfield didn't help. I had to hire someone for the install to get done on time for a trip. I repeat; not very tech savvy. They didn't break it down for me Barney style.

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    Elias from Gilroy, CA on 8/23/2018

    2015 Chrysler 200

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    Nice radio easy to instal after using all the necessary parts that Crutchfield sent me along with the Radio i was able to make it fit and work with my 2015 Chrysler 200 I'm now able to control the car climate control feature right from the Radio's screen. also other nice features like Tire pressure and other goodies are now available just by touching the Radio's screen.

    Pros: i highly recommend this Radio i have always trust Kenwwood Brand for my Cars

    Cons: none

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    Great unit

    James from Maryville, TN on 8/21/2018

    2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Great unit easy to see display. Great features

    Pros: Xm ready great display easy to use

    Cons: No remote included so you have to buy it

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    Crutchfield customer from Huntingtn Bch, CA on 8/20/2018

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    Fits very nice. Sounds very good, and everything works perfectly. Crutchfield's ready harness simplifies installation.

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    Cons: I would find usefull a button to mute audio input, with reciver on. for example, one touch to mute music while GPS still on.

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    Craig from Dagsboro, DE on 8/20/2018

    2014 Jeep Wrangler

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    I had to replace my original Jeep Unit which went haywire. After doing a lot of research the Kenwood Excelon DNX694S was the one for us. I have an android and my wife has an apple. It works great with both. Its a little of a learning curve since it has so much cool stuff but so far I love it. Add to it Crutchfield putting together the harness and it is a real winner.

    Pros: Once you learn where everything is it is Easy to use and works well. Great unit for the money and am very happy with its performance to date.

    Cons: Wish all my apps from my android were displayed when android play is connected but it is ok. Everything else is good

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    Awesome head unit.

    Allen from Carmichael, CA on 8/18/2018

    2011 Ram 2500

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    I replaced the stock system in my RAM 2500 all at once with this head unit, Kicker 6.5 components in the doors, 6x9 Kickers in the rear doors along with a JL Audio Ram stealth box sub and XD700/5v2 to power it all. The Kenwood is an awesome unit. Honestly, I've always used Alpine and wish they had a comparable head, but they didn't. I was skeptical on switching to Kenwood, but it really is a great sounding stereo with plenty of control and EQ to tweak it until you find the sweet spot. It has some DSP options to simulate a larger listening area or brighten the sound of digital music which are probably good, but I don't really use it. Time correction and delay are great. Didn't use nav yet. Again, I really wanted an Alpine because I've always been happy with them and never had a bad one in over 20 years, and being stubborn it was hard to get this, but I'm glad I did. Very happy. Also, Crutchfield is always professional. The connectors, dash kit and all the stuff they throw in really make it easy.

    Pros: Great sound, Lots of EQ options.

    Cons: None.

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    Love this Head unit!

    Ernest from Charlotte, NC on 8/15/2018

    2008 Toyota Tundra

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    This HU is the bomb! It does everything and then some... KP is the sales rep. that helped me pick it out for my 2008 Tundra. Install looks professional and was easy! I recommend paying for Crutchfield's harness wiring service. After that it was Plug and play... I literally didn't have to cut any wires or make any modifications to my vehicle. That is worth it's weight in Gold! I highly recommend this radio and Crutchfield!

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Wish I had picked one with a slightly larger screen, but that's purely preference and something I can definitely live with...

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    Great head unit!

    Matthew from Soledad, CA on 8/10/2018

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    I got this to replace my 4Runners "Entune" system. That system was crap, this one is awesome and I finally have CarPlay. I'm still learning all the features of this stereo and it just keeps getting better.

    Pros: -Garmin nav -Full tunablity -System integration

    Cons: None yet

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    Chris from Port Charlotte, FL on 8/8/2018

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    Great product for a great price. Love my new stereo

    Pros: Great stereo for a great price

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    Great Sound and Lots Of Options

    Rich from Wentzville, MO on 8/6/2018

    2013 Ford Mustang

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    I paired the DNX694S with a set of Rockford Fosgate R168 in a 2013 Ford Mustang. The sounds is great and using the audio adjustments I was able to tweak the HPF on the rears to better isolate the lows. In short, kind of using the rear speakers as a sub (not thumping hard but enough for me for now). My only (BIG) disappoint is not being able to shuffle all songs on a USB drive when the songs are in different folders. The HU will only shuffle songs in a chosen folder. Even the least expensive music players have the ability to shuffle on songs on a single device regardless of the fold they reside in. I would think this could be easily fixed/changed via a firmware update. I would not of purchased this HU knowing the USB song shuffle limitation and therefore the 3 star review. In short, if you listen to music on a USB drive, have music in multiple folders (like most folks) and want to shuffle all songs on the USB drive then do NOT buy this head unit.

    Pros: Sounds Great; Many settings; Garmin GPS

    Cons: USB song shuffle folder limitation

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    Nick from Carencro, LA on 8/6/2018

    2012 Honda Civic LX

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    This unit is a massive upgrade over the factory radio in my wife's 2012 Honda Civic LX. Everything is quite responsive, the sound quality is great, and the unit has done wonders on refreshing the interior. She loves the new receiver, especially having GPS and Bluetooth in the car now.

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    Class act

    Crutchfield customer from Garden Ridge, TX on 8/6/2018

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    The product is good and works as designed what is more impressive is Crutchfield's technical support . They were/are professional, patience and courteous . A class act group!

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    JOSE from Bronx, NY on 8/5/2018

    2018 Toyota C-HR

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    Love this product

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    Tim from Pflugerville, TX on 8/5/2018

    2011 Toyota Sienna

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    DNX694S works great. GPS receiver located inside dash and picks up signal very well.

    Pros: Easy installation

    Cons: Dash kit has unit inset a bit and would have looked better with a flush mount

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    Crutchfield customer from Walland, TN on 8/2/2018

    2005 Nissan Titan

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    Awesome unit. I got all the features I wanted. Would highly recommend.

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    Crutchfield customer from Ridgecrest, CA on 8/1/2018

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Very easy install All the features work great highly recommend

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    Many features and good volume

    Brett from Spokane Valley, WA on 7/30/2018

    2018 Ford F-250 XLT

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    This unit worked well to replace the 4" Sync system in a 2018 F250. I wasn't expecting much volume without an amp, but it is louder than expected. The GPS warning screen every time you power up is irritating, and apparently there is no way to prevent it or bypass it.

    Pros: I don't think there are any features it does not have, and it sounds good.

    Cons: GPS warning screen that nags you with the same message every time you turn it on.

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    Excellent unit and unbeatable price

    Jeff from Yukon, OK on 7/30/2018

    2011 Honda Accord

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    Excellent head unit. Installed about a week ago in 11 Accord. Back up camera, Sirus antenna and steering wheel controls. Unit functions great as all Kenwoods do. This is the 4th Kenwood double din I have installed in my vehicles and am true to the brand! The only negative I can mention is the bottoms are very hard to the touch would prefer a softer feel or even better a VOLUME KNOB! Dash kit could provide a little bit more clearance around right and left edges. Great unit for the price and built in Garmin navigation.

    Pros: Ease of use. Appearance. Crystal clear backup camera (purchased separately). Customizable home screen.

    Cons: Give me back my volume knob!

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    Great sound and graphics

    Bruce from Grants Pass, OR on 7/29/2018

    2008 GMC Acadia

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    This is so much better than the original Nav system in my 2008 Acadia. Took longer than expected to install but well worth the time. The Crutchfield ReadyHarness made it so much easier. Worth the few extra dollars for sure.

    Pros: Chock full of features and replaced all of my factory features.

    Cons: No big ones. Took lots of time to deal with the cable/wiring in the small space the Acadia has for the system.

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    Guy Wayne from Colorado Spgs, CO on 7/27/2018

    2005 Toyota Sequoia

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    Love it. Everything works great.

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    Donald from Colorado Spgs, CO on 7/26/2018

    2011 Ford F-150 FX4

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    Tons of features, integrated with iDatalink Maestro RR and Sirius SVC300 easily in 2011 F-150. Kept all steering wheel buttons. Trim plate looks like it was from the factory. Very pleased.. Excellent tech support as well. Thank you.

    Pros: Fits perfectly with suggested trim plate A lot more features than I had, love the ODB connection for gauges

    Cons: Supplied instructions could be a little better with Maestro, but tech support filled in the gaps

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    Great head unit

    john from Cedar Rapids, IA on 7/26/2018

    2018 Toyota 86

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    I've had this for about 3 weeks, HU was very easy to install and setup. Screen does have a little flex to it when using on screen buttons at first i thought it had a screen protector i forgot to take off. Bass sounds a little off, almost as if it needs an amp to get good bass. One thing i have noticed you cannot read text messages over bluetooth like my factory pioneer could. Home screen was easy to setup with the inputs i use most.

    Pros: -very easy to install and setup. -Sounds good with modifications -Home screen looks great -I really liked the fact of no knobs

    Cons: -The screen has a little flex to it. -Head unit cannot display text messages using bluetooth

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    Great unit A+ after sales support

    Richard from West Hempstead, NY on 7/26/2018

    2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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    It was a great experience working with the guys at Crutchfield! They were very supportive and responsive throughout the entire pre-purchase to installation completion process. I especially appreciated the rapid cross-shipment of a radio upgrade that was more suitable for my application. The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S is a great unit and I got it at a big discount through Crutchfield. With the custom Metra trim kit is is the perfect fit for my 2010 Mercedes GL450. It has ALL the features I was looking for in a head unit upgrade, including HD Radio, SiriusXM support, Garmin Nav with real-time Traffic (through the Kenwood Inrix traffic App) + retaining full steering wheel control functions; not to mention the touch screen which is something that is not seen in a mercedes stock unit. Crutchfield presented me with a complete package with everything I needed to have successful installation. Turned out vey well, see attached. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Very intuitive website, knowledgeable staff, one-stop shopping experience, perfect recommendation.

    Cons: None.

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    Good sound

    Shain from York, PA on 7/23/2018

    2015 Subaru WRX STI

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    Awesome performance for good price

    Pros: Clarity

    Cons: No mute button

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    VICTORINO from Murrieta, CA on 7/23/2018

    2016 Toyota 4Runner

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    This is a great unit! Installed it on 2017 Camry Hybrid SE. Used the iDatalink Maestro and T02 Harness and both works seamlessly. Also added the Kenwood DRV-N520 Dash Cam, SiriusXM SXV300V1, Kicker 433CSS674 6-3/4" Component System.

    Pros: Lots of features and love the CarPlay. Love that your can integrate the camera onto the unit.

    Cons: Slow Boot-up but nothing major.

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    Crutchfield customer from Lagrange, KY on 7/22/2018

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Nice head unit. Great features. Easy install in 2007 Chevy Silverado.

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    joe from St Augustine, FL on 7/19/2018

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    THE DNX694S is awesome. Has a lot of function and rite on spot.

    Pros: Looks great and has so many functions

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Greensburg, IN on 7/15/2018

    2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    I like the head unit for the most part, but it could be a bit more user friendly. There needs to be a hard key for ejecting CDs and DVDs. It does have quite a bit of glare on the screen when the sun hits it. It has a good sound and the features are nice.

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    This radio is awesome

    Micheal W from Beaverton, OR on 7/15/2018

    2016 Toyota Camry

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    This radio is awesome, everything works perfect from navigation to car play. Was going to replace factory speakers but this radio is so good you can dial it in and makes the factory speakers sound great. And with the Maestro installed with it, it ads so much more as in tire pressure and temp with all kinds of extra gauges to monitor the car. Fit perfect in a 2016 Camry.

    Pros: everything

    Cons: Little slow to boot up but can live with it

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    Great system

    Brian from Lees Summit, MO on 7/14/2018

    2010 Nissan Altima

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    Great radio and great support. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

    Pros: easy to install, decent price, hands free is awesome while driving.

    Cons: haven't found one yet

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    Beautiful touch screen

    Ken from Saint Louis, MO on 7/11/2018

    2010 Toyota Highlander

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    An excellent option but has extra things you probably don't need if you have an iPhone such as navigation.

    Pros: The iPhone link is awesome, the HD radio tuner really opens up many more listening options

    Cons: The installation kit was plastic including the mounts and not that sturdy. I reused the metal factory mounts which left the radio about a 1/4" inset , the bezel didn't fit correctly. That was in a 2010 Toyota Highlander. Way more features than I'll ever use.

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    looks and sounds fantastic!!!

    Tyler from Guilderland, NY on 7/7/2018

    2012 Honda Accord

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    Looks great! And greatly improved factory stereo, almost makes upgrading the speakers pointless, for now. Fairly easy navigation but I advise playing with it and getting comfortable with it before driving with it. If bright lights fatigue you while driving at night be sure to realize you can dim it by hitting the ATT button on any screen. I did not find this setting and had it on max so it was a pain to find while driving so I was forced to pull over. DVD skip/play pause are only excessable by double tapping the button of the screen. Garmin is a great feature, but if you plan to detour from it's route, use the map on your phone and the provided USB port or else it will just keep directing you to return to the original route. Other than that it is really simple to use, looks and sounds fantastic!

    Pros: -look and ease of use, minus stated above -Quick and easy install -greatly improved stock sound system on a 2012 Honda Accord LX Sedan (5 speaker no pre amp) -All apps are movable -provided mic cable is crazy long and proved great clarity, even when tucked in the visor.

    Cons: -DVD play/pause and screen brightness hard to find at first. -Screen can get greatly washed out in direct bright light (as everyone else says)

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    Crutchfield customer from Edgerton, WI on 7/3/2018

    2000 Pontiac Firebird

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    radio works great but the steering wheel adapter doesn't work at all

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    Gary from Woodstock, VA on 7/1/2018

    2010 Ford F-150 XLT

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    I have bought Kenwood Excelon products before and they are awesome.

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    William T from Wichita, KS on 6/28/2018

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    Awesome head unit. Purchased with the Maestro harness and link for my Silverado. There is even a screen with engine gauges!

    Pros: Kenwood!

    Cons: Tiny volume buttons. Have to add steering wheel controls for easier use.

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    Crutchfield customer from Gainesville, VA on 6/25/2018

    2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    So far this thing is awesome. I have it installed in a Jeep Wrangler.

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    Excellent product

    Stephen from Irmo, SC on 6/25/2018

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    Great unit, very intuiative. Lots of features and options in terms of sound shaping. The Garmin GPS was a decision maker for me. I would highly recommend this product!

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    Dennis from Casper, WY on 6/19/2018

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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    After only a week of use I can honestly say I'm extremely happy with this receiver. It looks great, sounds great and is very easy to navigate on the touchscreen. The large icons are definitely a plus when you're driving. Installing this unit in my 2000 F250 was a modified fit but the instructions with the metra mounting kit was easy to understand and it fits perfectly.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use. Apple CarPlay is one of many features I love having in this unit.

    Cons: I don't like waiting for it to boot up. Screen washes out in bright sunlight but so does every other brand. Both of these are minor complaints.

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    Michael from Davie, FL on 6/17/2018

    2012 Ford F-250

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    It's only been in the truck a week but a definite upgrade from stock. Love it

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    Steven from Pearland, TX on 6/11/2018

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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    Unit functions well. Does not fit a 2000 Ford F250 as stated by Crutchfield when using the supplied Metra mount. Also beware of owning more than one Kenwood / Garmin unit and expecting to use their partnered Inrix traffic feature. Kenwood / Garmin / Inrix cripples the ability to use more than one unit on a single smart phone which is also required to use the traffic feature. Poor planning / homework on their parts and they just finger point at each other. Also Inrix support is next to non-existent.

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    Crutchfield customer from Midland, TX on 6/5/2018

    2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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    Everything appears to work as advertised... Tech Support is Great...

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    Crutchfield customer from Sandwich, MA on 6/3/2018

    2007 Ford Mustang

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    Outstanding unit. Great sound with amazing features. A great choice.

    Pros: Easy to install. Easy to configure. Fabulous sound.

    Cons: Hard to read in bright light.

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    Crutchfield customer from Bradenton, FL on 6/3/2018

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Great product easy install waiting for speakers also Kenwood good sound with factory should be even better with speaker upgrade

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    RONALD D from Pelham, NH on 5/25/2018

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500

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    Nice unit, Great sound, all the features you need good for the money

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    Very Nice Kenwood

    Anthony from Acworth, GA on 5/21/2018

    2008 Mercury Mountaineer

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    Installed this unit in my wife's 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. Looks great and she's loving all the new features she didn't have with the OEM radio. The unit immediately recognized her iPhone and she is thrilled. Garmin navigation, Carplay and Siri support is a plus. Crutchfield support has been A+ when I called with questions.

    Pros: Touch screen, nav, Carplay

    Cons: Boot time at startup by not much of a con

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    Tim from Orlando, FL on 5/21/2018

    2004 GMC Sierra 2500/3500

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    Very happy with the performance. It has more features than I will ever use. Easy installation. I had a small issue with the steering wheel control module, but a quick call to the manufacturer fixed that.

    Pros: Great features. This system updated an older pick up with features you would find in a new one.

    Cons: The instructions were a little vague.

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    Damon from Melbourne, FL on 5/15/2018

    2012 Ford F-150 XLT

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    Perfect upgrade I was looking for. GPS system is great!

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    Crutchfield customer from Breaux Bridge, LA on 5/13/2018

    2017 Ford F-150 XLT

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    Great products and great service

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    Steve from Holland, MI on 5/7/2018

    2016 Toyota Camry

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    So glad I got this head unit. The sound is terrific in my car, and I like that I have both backup camera and navigation as well. The Bluetooth works seamlessly with my Samsung phone as well.

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    Great deck

    Kevin from St Petersburg, FL on 5/1/2018

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500

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    Awesome deck and easier navigation vs the 693 I had originally purchased. Plus it has a few more usable bells.

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    Fantastic upgrade for my truck

    David from Mount Pleasant, SC on 4/30/2018

    2012 Ford F-150 XLT

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    The key to this whole experience is the installation kit and detailed instructions with them. Easy to follow, very detailed, and made me look like a pro. It looks like it came with the truck, and works so much better than the stock radio. GPS is easy to use, and I am still learning about all the other features. I would recommend this to anyone. get the installation kit offered, it makes the whole process as easy as following simple instructions and matching up the wiring.

    Pros: GPS, idata interface, ease of installation, sound.

    Cons: Can't think of any............

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    Emil from Boulder, CO on 4/29/2018

    1997 Toyota 4Runner

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    Awesome head unit, gps is way better than my Old garmin. The radio part is great too. Only part I wish would happen but not a deal breaker. When it's in split screen mode it takes away your speed. I like this part cause I have giant wheels and it affects my speedo. So I use this as a backup. This Kenwood is great anyway.

    Pros: GPS, radio, idatalink, SD card for music and upgrading gps

    Cons: Loose some viewing options in split screen

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    Great factory replacement

    Kevin from Delta, CO on 4/17/2018

    2006 Dodge Charger

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    Easy installation, product came with all necessary instructions. Still learning how to use all features, but works great and has excellent sound quality. Screen is easy to see and the navigation system works very well. Another great Kenwood product.

    Pros: Easy to install, feature rich, great quality

    Cons: None so far

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    Awesome is the only description

    Crutchfield customer from Beckley, WV on 4/15/2018

    2008 Porsche 911

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    After reading several reviews I settled on buying this one. I couldn't be more pleased. This is exactly what I have been looking for.

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    Disappointing

    Dan from Albuquerque, NM on 4/2/2018

    2017 Honda Accord LX

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    I picked this stereo up to replace the factory no-frills stereo in my car. But unlike previous Kenwood stereos, this one has proven to be an embarrassment. On the plus side, the sound is as good as you expect from Kenwood. The system is pretty responsive and quick. However, the warts quickly showed themselves. In iPod mode, it has a bad habit of randomly failing to update album art between songs. I also found that it often failed to load all of the playlists. Unlike previous models that pulled the playlist on demand, this one attempts to load them at startup. Sometimes it fails, and when you tap a playlist it will just give you a popup that says "No contents". If you only use CarPlay, you'll be fine though. I couldn't get bluetooth Pandora to work at all, either. If a USB device is plugged in, it will only try USB in Pandora mode. But even after unplugging the device, it will just leave "No device connected" or some such on the screen indefinitely. There are no options to change sources. Pure Bluetooth mode works, at least, and allows source changes. After a few rounds with tech support over this, they asked me to mail the radio in for repairs. The repair shop just did factory initialization and sent it back. This fixed nothing. They took a second RMA, but this time UPS dropped the ball (second time this year). I don't know where they delivered it, but it's not at my house. So with only my experience so far to go on, I'll leav

    Pros: Good sound Responsive controls Kenwood tech support is quick to respond

    Cons: Glitches and bugs

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    Clement from Waterbury, CT on 4/1/2018

    2008 Chevrolet Corvette

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    No only was the customer service one of the best, but the fit of the DNX694S in my car was so neat that a friend of mine whom I invited to check out the system said it looked as good as factory. The sound is absolutely stunning. I don't usually drive with my stereo on (i like to hear the rumble of my exhaust) but this system sounds so smooth that I just had to take a cruise today and listen to it. Beautiful. Thanks for helping me choose such a great sounding system.

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    Crutchfield customer from Coopersburg, PA on 3/20/2018

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    Nice interface. Easy to navigate from radio to navigation to music apps. Haven't tested the DVD playback or some of the other features. When connecting blue tooth, you must select the call and media selection on the radio for the app to appear on the display. Unlike other Blue tooth connections where you need to check those boxes on your phone or device, with this radio the boxes must be checked on the Blue tooth setting of the radio as well. Once checked, I believe they stay selected when you reconnect.

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    robert from Cincinnati, IA on 3/7/2018

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    Best customer service ever! From the purchase all the way through the install. Top notch. Will never buy from any other place.

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    Crutchfield customer from Bowling Green, KY on 1/7/2018

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    Installed this into a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I'm pretty handy and have a good selection of shop tools. I'm comfortable with working in the dash - however if I didn't have the Crutchfield support I"m not sure I would of got through this install. I purchased the posi harness wiring connectors and they were awesome to use. I'd do that again on any audio I add, boat or car. I also called the Crutchfield support line about 10 times and each time the treated me very nice and worked with me as long as it took. I found the instructions on the Idatalink products to be very vague and difficult to understand. Now that I'm done they make more sense but not good for a rookie. Their support was not as good so I always called Crutchfield. The Idatalink harness and steering wheel control do not allow for use of the factory mic which was disappointing - otherwise the ability to assign tasks to the steering wheel controls was awesome. I was impressed with touch screen on the Excelon, at first it was a major concern until I turned it on. The sound, as others have mentioned, is amazing and powerful. You can really set that sound system up based on your vehicle. Having on board nav is really nice - I like the Garmin interface - however my son, who uses this vehicle prefers to use his Apple Car Play and loves that. We also ran one of the USB connectors up to the center arm rest and connected to the factory installed USB by purchasing an adaptor. Overalll great product.

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    Almost a 5 star

    Jeff from Ewa Beach, HI on 1/6/2018

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500

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    Nice clean factory look with replacement dash panel for 2003 Dodge Ram to go from single DIN to double. Like the integrated Garmin GPS and video display for front and rear cameras. Enabled me to get rid of the suction cup GPS on my dash and additional rearview monitor for an aftermarket back-up camera. Couple of minor gripes: It takes about 10 seconds to boot up. Good news is that the backup camera will display immediately, even while it's still booting so you don't have to wait to start moving. Also, to get real-time traffic updates, you install a phone app (unlike stand-alone Garmin models). That in itself wouldn't be a big deal, except Kenwood has written the app so that you must open it and connect to the stereo each time you get in the vehicle. That's an annoying feature and hopefully they will update it to allow users to select automatic connection when the bluetooth connection is active with a paired phone. Wish there was a dedicated steering wheel control for it. I'm struggling with a buggy universal one right now. That won't be an issue for most people, but my truck is 15 years old and didn't come with steering wheel control buttons for the stereo. Now that I've got them in another vehicle, I wonder how I lived without them.

    Pros: nice integrated GPS and video display good sound quality

    Cons: Slow boot up annoying traffic app

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    works well with Subs

    Crutchfield customer from Dayton, OH on 12/16/2017

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    Great product great sound. smaller than my original head unit, disappointed about that. 2014 Toyota tundra.

    Pros: everything else

    Cons: smaller size, and buttons

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    Sweet as homemade Apple Pie!

    Greg from Morristown, TN on 12/13/2017

    2010 Ford F-150 FX2

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    This head unit far exceeds my expectations. The touch screen functions are silky smooth, transitions from application to application are quick, and Apply Car Play is the best thing since subwoofers.

    Pros: Speed, phone audio improved significantly, dimmable screen, Apple Play,

    Cons: Took 7 hours to install...

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    No live traffic update, can't connect via phone

    Leo K. from Arlington Heights, IL on 12/11/2017

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    It's impossible to connect live traffic update on iPhone or Android devices

    Pros: Other than below is acceptable

    Cons: Can't connect live traffic update

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    Only limited by the source recording.

    Dave from Summersville, WV on 11/6/2017

    2017 Subaru Impreza

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    Installed in a 2016 F150 XLT where, combined with a PAC dash kit, replaced the base stereo and factory 4.2" screen. Good riddance to both. I initially ordered the DNX573S but returned it after some elevated floor noise when an iPhone was connected. Even though I later discovered the problem was related to a loose factory ground terminal, it turned out to be a fortuitous lapse on the Ford assembly line at that I ended up with this unit. What I like: Excellent sound quality. - Even my non music appreciating wife was instantly awed by the crispness and sound stage. I can finally hear shortcomings in the studio recording, including microphone hum and line noise. An embarrassment of features - CarPlay, two USB ports, etc. etc. One can spend a long time adjusting settings to get the sound just right. Start up - I haven't timed it, but it's far quicker to boot up and the old Pioneer AVIC in a previous car. It also starts in less time than the OEM stereo in our Volvo. Crutchfield - Can't say enough good things about them. The bad: Price - Approaching $1000 seems a bit much. The rebate helps and the price will drop once 2018 models are released. Garmin - I haven't played around with it much, but the maps seems less developed than a stand alone Garmin with the same maps. Noise - Although 5V preouts can be a good thing, any noise you had before will be more noticeable. This isn't a fault of the unit, itse

    Pros: Awesome sound quality Feature rich Warp speed start up Crutchfield service

    Cons: Price Garmin GPS not as good as stand alone unit 5V preout could potentially find hidden noise

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    Amazing sound and touch screen

    Mike from Marcus Hook, PA on 11/5/2017

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    If i could give it more STARS I would. The new Dnx694s is the ultimate user experience with fully custimizable controls and top of the line sound. Purchasing from Crutchfield was easy and I knew up front everything that I would need for my installation there was no surprises. Crutchfield customer service and technical support is world class. There is no better option when you want to purchase car audio or home electronics. Thank you Kenwood and thank you Crutchfield.

    Pros: Amazing in everyway

    Cons: None

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    Great unit so far.

    Justin from Kennesaw, Ga on 10/27/2017

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    So far so good. Really enjoying the HU. Went from the Pioneer AVH-491 seems to be a big improvement. I thing I've noticed that the power up messages that everyone complains about with Kenwood goes away after 10 seconds. Sound quality sounds great. Bluetooth works well. GPS nice. Haven't messed with Android yet. Only problem I'm having is with the backup camera. It seems to Only work when it wants to. Not sure if it's the HU or camera still trying to figure out.

    Pros: Startup messages goes away after 10 seconds. Sound great. Bluetooth and GPS works nice.

    Cons: Screen is hard to see in direct sunlight. Having problems with camera.

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, microSD/SDHC/SDXC
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 6.75
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback WAV/FLAC (24-bit/192kHz),DSD(up to 11.2MHz)

    Product Research

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

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation software and map data, the Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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: While the receiver's map database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release (2016), 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 Kenwood receiver will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be purchased and downloaded as needed, via microSD card. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 14.1 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to LA, California. It only took 7.3 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 Excelon DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 Excelon DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 change 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.
    Note: In Split-Screen mode, you can view song/artist information (including album art) of your audio source while you also viewing the navigation map. In addition, the backup camera can be displayed in Split-Screen mode along with the map screen. You can even watch video in Split-Screen mode along with the map when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    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 DNX694S 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.

    Driver Assistance: The DNX694S features Turn & Lane Assistance, Exit Services, and Speed Limit Icons to assist you along the calculated route to your destination.

    • Turn & Lane Assistance: While navigating a route, a preview of the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner of the map. Lane Assist guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate.
    • Exit Services: 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.

    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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
      • 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.
    • 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 route.

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Android Auto: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S navigation receiver 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 "black" or "grey" USB port via the included USB extension cable and the USB cable that came with your smartphone, plus be paired via Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include -

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

    Notes:

    • Only one Android device with Android Auto can be connected at a time.
    • An Android Auto device and Apple CarPlay device cannot be connected at the same time.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable other than the one supplied.
    • If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately); any other USB extension cable can cause Android Auto to malfunction.
    • Click here to learn more About Android Auto and to see what phones are compatible.

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning-connector. Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver's "black" USB port (not "grey") via the included USB extension cable and the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls. Use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mail, send/ receive messages and select music in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    • 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):

    Notes:

    • Only one Apple CarPlay device can be connected at a time. Must be connected to the "black" USB port (not "grey" USB port).
    • An Android Auto device and Apple CarPlay device cannot be connected at the same time.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.
    • If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.

    iPod/iPhone Music Playback Only: If you don't desire Apple CarPlay, you can also connect your Lightning-connector Apple iPod/iPhone to the DNX694S 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, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DNX694S 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 DNX694S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/6/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Pandora Spotify Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    SE 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    Notes:
    • 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.

    Smartphone Charging: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S. 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DNX694S 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 DNX694S, 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 DNX694S. 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DNX694S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S; 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 DNX694S 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 9.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the DNX694S using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 DNX694S has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 8.0+ 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 DNX694S 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 listen 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 DNX694S 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 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.

    Disc/microSD/USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 receiver is fitted with a microSD card slot on the front-panel. The microSD card slot supports both microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards. 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/SDXC memory card (see chart below).

    USB MSC Playback (Dual USB Ports): The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 port 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 navigation receiver's USB ports (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Notes:
    • Two USB mass storage class devices or USB thumbdrives can be connected at the same time; you can switch back and forth between devices (it does not combine the libraries).
    • The USB ports do not support MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), AOA (Android Open Accessory), USB hubs, or card-readers.
    • You can connect an Android smartphone with Android Auto and a USB thumbdrive at the same time.
    • You can connect an Apple iPod/iPhone to the "black" USB port and a USB thumbdrive to the "grey" USB port at the same time.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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), microSD/SDHC/SDXC
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32, ex FAT NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    Vorbis:
    variable bit-rate; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC (Hi-Res): bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
    DSD (Hi-Res): bit depth of 1-bit; sampling frequency of 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz
    Vorbis:
    variable bit-rate; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    Video MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max bit-rate of 1.5Mbps
    MPEG-2:
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    MPEG-4:
    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 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 navigation 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 & microSD/SDHC/SDXC. 

    Search Functions: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S offers unique search functions for disc, microSD, & 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/microSD only): You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device or microSD memory card by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically.
    • Link Search (USB/microSD only): Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.

    Song/Artist Info with Album Art: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 DNX694S navigation receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage 5V preouts, plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24/32-Bit DAC: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S utilizes a 24/32-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 90dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S 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 62.5 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 DNX694S 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.

    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, microSD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation 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 DNX694S 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 DNX694S' touchscreen. You'll also control the DRV-N520's settings and parameters from the DRV-N520's touchscreen.

    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, 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

    6.75" Clear Resistive Touchscreen: The Kenwood Excelon DNX694S features a 6.75" widescreen (16:9) clear resistive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The clear resistive touchscreen LCD provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. Touchscreen operations include tap, touch & hold, flick left or right, and swipe up or down. Electronic angle settings adjust the display for best off axis viewing (actual screen does not move).

    • Custom Home Screen & Shortcuts: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the 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.
    • Picture Adjustments: You can adjust the LCD touchscreen's backlight, contrast, black level, brightness, and color.
    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.

    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 17.1 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 (including album art) and basic playback controls simultaneously. You can also view the backup camera display along with the map screen. 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, 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 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 DNX694S 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

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    I already own one in my other car. [ Tiffany  Sep 10, 2018 ]
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    This had receiver has all the options I could ever want. Bluetooth, SD card slot, dual USB, navigation as well as Android Auto. Also $300 off was hard to pass up. [ Domingo  Aug 20, 2018 ]
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    Touchscreen, plus has a few buttons. Navigation and the ability to play CDs. [ Morris  Aug 04, 2018 ]
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    i love the one i have and wanted a plug and play replacement. [ fred  Aug 03, 2018 ]
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    The discount, the reviews, the features, and the appearance. [ CARLOS  Jul 25, 2018 ]
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    The features closely match the factory Ford Microsoft Sync Sat Nav stereo that died. [ Tim  Jul 18, 2018 ]
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    Tim helped us out on this [ RUSSELL  Jul 18, 2018 ]
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    Large screen great resolution navigation system very reliable [ GREG  Jul 13, 2018 ]
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    I have had Kenwood products in the past and was impressed by all the amazing features this unit has including Garmin maps, and Android integration. I like that it allows for a backup camera, excellent sound, ability to use my steering wheel audio controls and has many menu options that will be helpful. [ Kristin  Jul 12, 2018 ]
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    Recommended by installer. [ Michael  Jul 11, 2018 ]
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    My stereo died. This one looked like what I wanted. [ Gary  Jul 10, 2018 ]
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    it rocks [ Chris  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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    A solid radio, with a garmin navigation system built in. With it being on sale, it was an obvious choice [ CHRISTOPHER  Jul 06, 2018 ]
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    Great features and a lot of customers had great reviews of it. [ CHRISTOPHER  Jul 04, 2018 ]
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    controls on the side vs the bottom [ jeffrey  Jul 03, 2018 ]
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    It fits me and my families needs at a fair market value price, with the ability for easy sound system upgrades in the future [ T  Jun 21, 2018 ]
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    features [ MICHAEL L  May 22, 2018 ]
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    liked the features and brand [ Daniel  May 15, 2018 ]
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    Everything on it is what I was looking for and it seemed to be the best fit. [ John  Feb 10, 2018 ]
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    over priced but I wanted Navigation, HD Radio and Sirius with back up camera [ BRIAN  Jan 14, 2018 ]
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    Looks like a nice stereo and it has good reviews. [ James  Jan 12, 2018 ]
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    Best double din I could find without the hideous chin bar that seems to plague everyone's flagship models. [ Brian  Oct 13, 2017 ]
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    supports android auto [ D  Sep 23, 2017 ]
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    8 questions already asked

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    How much are the Garmin/Kenwood map updates? And are Lifetime updates available?
    [ Vann  Aug 21, 2018 ]
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    I dont know how much they are. I would hope i czn update for the lifetime of the radio
    [ Michael  Aug 28, 2018 ]
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    Will the KENWOOD model #DNX694S head unit fit my 2005 FORD F350 CrewCab Dually without modification ? ? ?
    [ MATTHEW  Jul 15, 2018 ]
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    Crutchfield's site should answer this question; I entered the make, model and year of my vehicle and was advised by them to purchase the kit that would allow the device to fit properly. It was installed by a professional and the look is impressive. I "love it", other than the vehicle........it's the best purchase I've made in a long time. Crutchfield helped me when I was ordering and I purchased necessary connections for my steering wheel; works perfectly.
    [ Betty  Jul 16, 2018 ]
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    Yes it will with proper dash kit
    [ Michael  Jul 15, 2018 ]
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    I guess that would be a question for Crutchfield
    [ David  Jul 15, 2018 ]
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    I have a 2016 Toyota Highlander with factory back-up camera. Will this, or any head units work with the OEM backup cam?
    [ Travis  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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    I put this unit in a 2012 Tundra that had the factory back-up camera with the monitor in the rear view mirror. I think this unit would work with the factory camera but you would need to locate the factory wiring and splice into it. I chose to install an aftermarket camera because 1) I didn't want to pull the original camera wiring down from the headliner and reroute it. 2) I didn't want to cut the factory harness. My factory back-up camera and monitor are still 100% in tact. Also, I think the after-market camera provides better image quality than the original. Hope this helps!
    [ Johnny  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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    Yes, it should work, it's just a video signal, the OEM connection to the new head unit may need to be changed to a standard RCA type connection and the harness will need to be wired to make sure the camera comes on when the car is in reverse. But other than that it should work. It might just plug and play. If you buy the custom harness from Crutchfield they will wire it correctly I'm telling you these guys are great. Don
    [ Don B.  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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    Sorry, but I have no idea. Mine was installed in my motor home by others. I would think the Crutchfield folks could answer this question?
    [ Stephen  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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    Is android auto fully functioning without a wired connection?
    [ Sheppy  Jun 26, 2018 ]
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    So far, for me, it only works with a wired connection. Pandora works through the Bluetooth, but I will tell you, you lose a lot of sound going through Bluetooth. Pandora works better through the wired connection. Hope this helps.
    [ Calman  Jun 27, 2018 ]
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    Sorry I use Apple products so I do not know
    [ David  Jun 27, 2018 ]
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    Is there any difference with the 694s vs the 994s (or any of the other garmin/Android Auto receivers) for screen responsiveness or overall speed?
    [ shortspecialbus  Jun 09, 2018 ]
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    I can only speak on dnx694s. Its awesome and I only have 1 complaint. There is no HDMI to link your phone. If you are excited to link your phone go with a model without GPS built in. I prefer waze to garmin anyway. Garmin has cool features that waze doesn't. Its still 4.99 stars to me.
    [ Michael  Jun 10, 2018 ]
    A
    i believe the responsiveness is equal on both models I have had no issues.
    [ David  Jun 09, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does this head unit support apt x bluetooth, and apples aac bluetooth codec? and can it do screen mirroring of whats on my iphone? i realize (at least i think) that the iphone would have to be plugged in for car play, and that that kind of rules out the need for high quality bluetoth, but am curious none the less.
    [ seanallnatural  Apr 25, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    It supports bluetooth and apple or android play. Two separate cords for each. As far as mirroring, I am not sure as I am still figuring out the capability of the unit. The bluetooth, in my opinion is never as great as being plugged into the unit. So, with my other vehicle that has android auto, I have become very good at using the Google assistant which this radio will provide via apple or android. Hope this helps.
    [ Calman  May 02, 2018 ]
    A
    Haven't tried it, and the kenwood owners manual does not say it does
    [ Emil  May 02, 2018 ]
    Q
    will the rear back up camera display on the screen ?
    [ EAGLEWORKS  Jan 12, 2018 ]
    4 answers
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    Yes. It's a great view. There is a set up process that allows the user to set depth markers.
    [ Steve  Jan 13, 2018 ]
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    Yes. I have the kenwood DNX 694s with the brandmotion camera, it works very well, it pops up quickly on the screen as well.
    [ ralph  Jan 13, 2018 ]
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    Yes
    [ Stephen  Jan 12, 2018 ]
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    there are connections for a backup camera to display on this unit. i do not have a camera so do not use this feature, but the connections are there.
    [ matt  Jan 12, 2018 ]
    Q
    What is the different between the kenwood dnx574 and dnx694 other than the warranty and the more expensive unit saying excel on on it?
    [ steve  Dec 07, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    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  Dec 08, 2017 ]  Staff
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