External Device Controls
Inputs and Outputs
The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-819DVD is a two piece in-car multi-media unit. The KVT-819DVD
consists of an integrated in-dash DVD/CD player and motorized monitor with touch-screen
controls that is capable of fitting in a standard Din-size opening along with a hide-away unit that contains many of the system
connections. The integrated DVD/CD player and monitor attaches to the hide-away
unit via a supplied proprietary cable. The head unit also features a
power/ground/acc harness. The hide-away unit features the system's main 22-pin
Motorized Video Display: This unit is
equipped with a motorized 6.97" widescreen LCD with 336,960
pixels(480Hx234VxRGB) that serves as a video
monitor and system information display. When the unit is turned off the LCD
screen electronically slides inside the unit's chassis.
Angle and Position Adjustment: You can adjust the display's
angle and position for better visibility. The display
slides forward and backward, allowing you to choose one of 4 slide positions.
You can also choose one of 8 tilt angles.
Open/Close: When this feature is active, the
display automatically opens when the unit is turned on and closes when the unit
is turned off.
Controls: This unit has
touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation
easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.
Adjustment: You can adjust the display's brightness, contrast, and black level. Additionally, you can change the background and
Backgrounds: The unit features
backgrounds that can be selected from readily available patterns or you can
create your own by using original pictures or images downloaded from your
portable USB device. The unit also includes three skins designs to choose from.
Switchable Key Illumination:
The keyed illumination buttons on the front of the unit can be switched to
illuminate red or green.
Front Panel Controls: In
addition to the touch-screen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
along the bottom edge of the screen and on the detachable protection/control
Detachable Protection/Control Panel:
prevent theft, the protection panel can be detached.
Code: You may program
the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a
security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been
disconnected from power.
Selectable Screen Modes: You
can choose from the following Screen Modes for the display monitor for each of
the video modes (iPod Video, DVD and Video 1 or 2).
- Normal: displays 16:9
widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3
(conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side
- Full: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture
slightly but retaining full image height
- Just: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally only at the edges
- Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures
both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the
picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges
A/V AUX Input: The DVD/CD
player features a set of audio/video 3.5mm inputs on the rear of the unit. There
is one stereo 3.5mm input for audio and another 3.5mm input for video. They are
attached to the back of the headunit by a 36" pigtail. The A/V AUX input can be
used to transfer audio and video signal from your potable MP3/Photo/Video player
to the KVT-819DVD.
Control: The head unit can send one audio source to the front speakers and front preamp outputs
while simultaneously sending another audio source to the rear
speakers and rear preamp outputs, with independent volume control for each zone.
(Bass Management System):
When used with a compatible Kenwood eXcelon amplifier, you can adjust
the bass boost level of the amplifier through this head unit. You may select
Flat, or boost the bass of the amplifier by +6, +12 or +18.
The center frequency of the bass boost can be adjusted using the B.M.S. Amp
Frequency setting. This setting allows you to choose Normal or Low. When Low is
selected, the center frequency is dropped 20-30%.
Dimmer: The dimmer function
will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is
turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player
Remote Control: The KVT-819DVD
is equipped with the RC-DV330 full-function remote control with a numeric
keypad. A slide switch allows you to switch between the control modes for the
built-in DVD/CD player, a TV source, a Navigation source and a tuner/disc changer/disc player
Steering Wheel Remote
Compatibility: The KVT-819DVD has a "steering remote control" lead on the
hide-away unit's harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item #127SWIJACK),
you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls
when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is
compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present.
Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet,
Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia,
Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan,
Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen
vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to
see if your vehicle is compatible.
Rear View Camera Input: The
hide-away unit has an additional video jack for connecting an optional rear view
camera, such as the Kenwood CCD-2000 (item # 113CCD2000). The video from this
input can be set to display when switched to with the Video Select button, or
display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted
into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a
mirror image, if desired.
Note: The purple/white wire
in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp
circuit for automatic video switching.
Disc Compatibility: The
KVT-819DVD is compatible with the following disc formats.
- DVD: DVD-video, DVD-audio, DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, DVD-R DL, and DVD+R DL
- CD: CD-audio, CD-ROM,
CD-R, CD-RW, DTS-CD, and Video CD
Note: CD-EXTRA and
Super Audio CDs will only playback the CD portion of the disc. HDCDs
will playback in normal CD sound quality.
DVD-Audio: The KVT-819DVD will
support DVD-Audio discs. DVD-audio is similar to CD-audio, however it offers
higher quality sound from 16, 20 and 24-bit samples at a variety of sampling
rates from 44.1 to 192KHz, compared to 16 bits and 44.1KHz for CDs. DVD-Audio
can also contain music videos and graphics.
AAC-LC/MP3/WMA Playback: This
unit can play AAC-LC (.M4a), MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name
formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per
disc, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any
recorded ID3 Tag information.
JPEG/MPEG/DivX Playback: In
addition to MP3/WMA/AAC-LC discs, this unit can play discs with JPEG, MPEG and
DivX files. You can display JPEG images of up to 8192 x 7680 pixels, and
progressive format JPEG images of up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. The unit can also
play MPEG1 videos of 320 x 240 and 352 x 240 (NTSC) plus MPEG2 videos of 640 x
480 and 720 x 480 (NTSC). In addition, the unit can play DivX video of 352 x
240, 352 x 288, 720 x 450, and 720 x 576.
CD Read Setting: If there is a
problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch
to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read
setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot
read MP3/WMA discs.
Direct Search: By entering its
number with the supplied remote, you can directly access title, chapter, time,
track, channel, or frequency.
Preset (DNPS): You may assign names to discs
played in the internal CD player. Each disc name can be up to 16 characters
long, and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to 10 discs. (See below for
further DNPS features with CD changers)
Control Screens: During DVD
playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the
screen. You can touch the left one-third of the screen to start the current
chapter over, or the right one-third of the screen to skip to the next chapter.
Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control
buttons, while pressing the center briefly displays the information screen.
Selectable DVD Aspect Ratio Modes:
You can choose from the following Aspect Ratio modes when viewing DVDs.
- 16:9: displays wide
- 4:3 LB: displays wide
pictures in the Letter Box format (having black stripes at the top and
bottom of the screen)
- 4:3 PS: displays wide
pictures in the Pan & Scan format (showing pictures cut at the right and
Multi-angle Display: This
function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a
number of different angles.
Note: This function is
limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
Control: 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.
Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced
tuner, which provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner
incorporates an Automatic Noise Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean
Reception System Circuit (CRSC), for improved rejection of distortion due to
Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This
circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo
separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving
reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC feature can be
turned on or off.
Tuning: When using the remote, you can directly
access any radio station by entering the frequency on the numeric keypad.
Name Preset (SNPS):
This feature allows you to assign
names to radio stations and TV stations. Up to 30 AM/FM stations and 20 TV
stations can be given a name. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length.
Radio Data System (RDS): The
unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some
radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When
an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is
being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the
display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function
which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement
(such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic
Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it
is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The
Kenwood eXcelon KVT-819DVD utilizes a Walfson High-Resolution 24-bit digital to analog converter for
extremely superior DVD/CD sound quality.
Independent Mid-Point Circuit:
This special circuit keeps high-fidelity music signals from being affected by
variations in voltage allowing for continuous super sound performance.
EX Sound Control:
Six EQ curves are
preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for
different types of music. The preset curves are named Natural, Rock, Pops,
Easy, Top 40, and Jazz. In addition, you may store your own settings under
the User EQ curve. Each preset has its own
bass center frequency, bass output level, bass Q factor, bass extension setting, middle center
frequency, middle output level, middle Q factor, treble center frequency, and treble
output level settings. For the User preset, you may adjust the following: bass center
frequency (40, 50, 70, 80, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass
Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center
frequency (500 Hz, 1.0, 1.5, or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor
(1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble
level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing
you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels.
Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX
Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle.
You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for
speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with
a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).
E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System
E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to select independent high-pass
filters for the front preamp/speaker outputs and rear preamp/speaker outputs.
Each high-pass filter frequency may be set to 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz,
150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, or Through (off). In addition, the unit has
a low-pass filter for the non-fading preamp outputs. The low-pass filter may be
set to 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, or Through (off). The phase of the
non-fading preamp output may be set to Normal or Reverse. You can also adjust
the level of the subwoofer output from -50 to +10 in 1dB increment.
Bass DC Extension: When this
feature is turned on it extends the bass center frequency to the low register by
approximately 20% adding additional bass response to your system.
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.
Volume Offset Control: 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 -15 to 0.
Setup Memory: Audio Setup and
AV Interface settings can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the
settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be
External Device Controls
2 USB Ports: The Kenwood
KVT-819DVD features two rear panel 2.0 USB type-A ports that are attached to the
chassis with 36" pigtails to allow for various placement options during
installation. The USB ports enable connection and control of your portable USB mass-storage
players, USB thumb drives and audio control of MP3 player. The USB ports are
compatible with all USB mass-storage class devices that support the FAT16 or
FAT32 file system. A single or multi-slot card reader can also be connected the
USB ports, allowing your music to be put neatly into different types of memory
cards. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will recharged while it's
connected to a USB port and the KVT-819DVD is turned on. One of the USB ports is
labeled for iPod control which can be used with the optional Kenwood iPod
adapter (see "iPod High Speed Connection").
Note: The iPod nano and
iPod video can be hooked up directly via USB, but without the Kenwood
adapter cable (KCA-iP300V), you will not be able to play iTunes or other copyright
protected content and you will lose any audio/video file browsing control.
iPod High Speed Connection: The
iPod USB port and A/V AUX input are also compatible with iPod devices when used with
the optional KCA-iP300V adapter (part # 113IP300V, sold separately). The USB
Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via
the optional KCA-iP300V (3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly
into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three
connectors that plug into the back of the KVT-819DVD. The USB type-A connector
portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control
and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video
files using the headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on
its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's
A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood
DVD/CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as
an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've
stored on your iPod. The controls of the KVT-819DVD are seamless when used with
the optional KCA-iP300V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM
contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your
listening application. The following iPods can be controlled from this unit -
Fifth Generation iPods (iPod with video), iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th
generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation) and iPhone/iPhone3G. Be sure to download the latest version software for iPod from
Apple's website before connecting this cable to your compatible Kenwood
Note: Currently this interface does not support video
playback for the iPod touch or iPhone but will support audio from the iPod
touch and iPhone.
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is
also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth
adapter. Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood
headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible
mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible
Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit
http://www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled phones.
The KVT-819DVD is compatible with the following Kenwood navigation systems:
KNA-G510 (item 113KNAG510), KNA-DV4100 (item 113KNADV41), KNA-DV3100, and
KNA-DV2100. The navigation system can be connected via the 13-pin I/F jack on
the back of the hide-away unit (I/F cable supplied with the navigation system).
Third party navigation systems with composite video and stereo RCA outputs can
also be connected via the AV input. You can select which speakers are used for
navigation voice guidance: front left, front right,
or both front speakers. You can also set the volume for the voice guidance
There are several
options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM
Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner
and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN1).
To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can
connect the optional
SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the
Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50).
Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using
the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter
(item number 113KCASR50)
SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS
Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input
(adapter may be required).
A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD
Radio tuner (item # 113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and
song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.
Compatible: This unit is compatible with the
Kenwood KTC-V300N TV tuner (sold separately, item number 113KTCV300).
Changer Controls: This unit is
directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the
changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position.
This unit features the following display features when connected to a compatible
- Disc Name Preset (DNPS):
When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature
allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to
16 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on
the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.
- CD Text/MD Display: When
connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can
display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title
information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.
Inputs and Outputs
Back Panel of Head
26-pin jack connects the
head unit to the hideaway unit using the supplied connection cable
- Power: 4-pin jack for use with supplied head unit wiring harness
- USB: Female type-A USB
terminal on a 36" pigtail on the back of the unit for connection of USB mass-storage
devices. This connection will pass audio, but it will not pass video.
- USB (iPod): Female type-A USB
terminal on a 36" pigtail on the back of the unit for connection of USB
devices. This connection is also compatible with your dock connector iPod
using the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately.
- 3.5mm A/V Input: 3.5mm
audio input and 3.5mm video input on a set of 36" pigtails on the rear unit
for portable MP3/Video players. These terminals are also compatible with
your dock connector iPod using the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately.
- 3.5mm Toslink Output: Not
operational; do not connect
Front Panel of
- AV Input
1 and 2: two sets of left and right RCA audio jacks
with a RCA composite video jack each
Output: left and right RCA audio
jacks and an RCA composite video jack
- Rear Camera Input: RCA
composite video jack for use with an optional rear-view camera
and right RCA audio jacks
and right RCA audio jacks
and right RCA audio jacks
- Power: 22-pin jack for use with supplied hideaway wiring harness
- Relay Unit: 4-pin jack for
use with supplied relay harness
Back Panel of
- To 5L
I/F: 13-pin jack
that allows you to connect an optional Kenwood changer
Monitor I/F: 26-pin
jack that connects to the head unit using the supplied connection cable
TV-Tuner I/F: 20-pin proprietary jack that allows you to connect an optional Kenwood TV
13-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Kenwood navigation unit
- Height: 1.5625"
- Depth: 8.235"