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The Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD DVD receiver boasts an impressive range of features, including compatibility with many iPhone® apps, comprehensive iPod® and iPhone controls, plus built-in Bluetooth® capability and HD Radio™ reception. Connections are state of the art — in addition to USB and A/V inputs, you'll find an HDMI MHL input, providing compatibility with the current generation of smartphones, including video capabilities with the iPhone 5. And if you're a sound quality fan, you'll enjoy the capabilities of the 7-band equalizer with Drive EQ — it automatically compensates for road noise when the stereo is playing at lower volume levels.

Fully equipped and ready for your smartphone

The Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD DVD receiver boasts an impressive range of features, including compatibility with many iPhone® apps, comprehensive iPod® and iPhone controls, plus built-in Bluetooth® capability and HD Radio™ reception. Connections are state of the art — in addition to USB and A/V inputs, you'll find an HDMI MHL input, providing compatibility with the current generation of smartphones, including video capabilities with the iPhone 5. And if you're a sound quality fan, you'll enjoy the capabilities of the 7-band equalizer with Drive EQ — it automatically compensates for road noise when the stereo is playing at lower volume levels.

Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

The DDX5901HD features an easy-to-use interface.

Easy app control

You can access your favorite Pandora® and iHeartRadio stations when your smartphone's connected. Kenwood's iPhone App Mode lets you stream video content from sources like Netflix and YouTube when your car's parked. You can also load Garmin's impressive Street Pilot app on your iPhone 4 or 4S, and check out maps and directions on the receiver's screen, so you can stay on course during your travels

Easy Bluetooth pairing and Siri compatibility

The DDX5901HD's Apple Auto Pairing automatically recognizes your iPhone when you plug into the USB port and sends a pairing request. Just press a button on the receiver's touchscreen and your iPhone is paired – simple as that! If you've got an iPhone with Siri, you'll be able to access Siri through the receiver — no need to take your eyes off the road to pick up the phone. Bluetooth audio streaming in the DDX5901HD supports apt-X, providing improved sound quality with compatible devices.

Enjoy music and videos

HD Radio

And if you think that radio has "jumped the shark," try out the crystal clear sound from the built-in HD Radio tuner and access the additional channels broadcast by participating stations. You can also add an optional SiriusXM tuner to this Kenwood and check out the in-depth music, news, and entertainment programming offered on satellite radio.

You can watch your favorite DVDs or iPod video on the built-in screen whenever you're parked. But if you're traveling, you can entertain your back seat passengers while you drive — just set them up with a rear screen and wireless headphones and they can watch video content while you drive.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your car's factory extras

If your vehicle comes with factory add-ons like Ford SYNC®, GM OnStar®, or Chrysler Uconnect™, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the DDX5901HD offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included).

For Ford SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions. For GM vehicles, you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar, if present, while Chrysler owners will get to keep all their Uconnect functionality. The iDatalink adapter also lets you tap into your vehicle's diagnostic port, so you can check out expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor on the Kenwood's screen.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen with variable color button illumination
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming — supports aptX audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Smartphone Features
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Siri voice control with select iPhones
    • playback and control through USB of music files on compatible Android devices
    • Pandora control with iPhone and Android
    • iPhone App Mode with limited control of apps like Netflix and YouTube
    • navigation app support with select smartphones
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • Drive EQ 7-band equalizer with automatic level control
    • time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    • speaker type setting
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, HDMI/MHL input, dual rear A/V inputs, input, rear-view camera 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)
    • works with iDataLink Maestro module to retain factory settings for Ford SYNC, GM OnStar, and Chrysler Uconnect
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN DVD receiver w/ 6.1" monitor (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Warranty card
    • "Caution for Smartphone Users" note

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    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (50 Reviews)

    Okay, but...

    Larry R from Massachusetts on 9/22/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit had the Potential to be really good. The hardware is excellent and the install went smoothly, but the firmware and user interface are awful. The unit doesn't understand playlists, and seems to play the files from a directory in an order only it can comprehend. The screen is laid out poorly, with huge swaths of real estate wasted and critical controls too tiny to find without taking your eyes off the road. And for some reason whenever you adjust the volume, a huge window pops up, covering up most of what you really want to see. There's no mute button, which seems a pretty obvious oversight. I would really love to see some third party release a reflash that would bring out the potential of this player's hardware. That all said, I'm not unhappy enough with the unit to replace it. It works fine, and except for the screen being invisible in direct sunlight (an issue with a convertible), I can work around its shortcomings. But it could have been sooooo much better if the engineers at Kenwood actually got behind the wheel of a car with one installed and tried to use it for a while.

    Pros: Sound quality, FM sensitivity, features

    Cons: Terrible screen layout and user interface

    Kenwood does it again!

    Cheetos from Georgia on 7/7/2015

    2003 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice Unit

    Pros: Works as expected. Easy to install. Thanks

    Cons: None

    good product

    07Chevy from California on 5/29/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    overall all this stereo is good. the only cons i have is the glare you get during the day and the fact that you need a adapter to use the mirror option if you have a Samsung phone. My brother plugged in his htc phone and worked good with his phone with no adapter. would definitely recommend getting the remote if you plan to use the dvd option.

    Pros: sound quality

    Cons: glare


    sally boy from Bronx, NY on 5/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio.




    Anonymous from Plano Il on 5/7/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking at the Pioneer with the same settings and wattage, pre outs etc. my new Kenwwod out performs any stereo I've ever owned.

    Pros: Screen is easy to see even on the brightest of days, Bluetooth connects flawlessly.

    Cons: None at the moment.

    Excellent Radio

    David J from North Carolina on 5/5/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There are a lot of wires to hook this radio up even if you only use even some of the features. This radio is not hard to use it is like anything new it takes the time to learn how to use it. Backup camera worked well. Any backup camera that fits your budget should work. The navigation through your phone was OK and it works but you need one more cable and an adapter to make it work for the Android. Display does NOT typically wash out in the sunlight. No remote included but then you probably don't need it anyway.

    Pros: Nice display. Easy to figure out how to use.

    Cons: USB device port is on a cable you have to put somewhere.


    Double M from Pennsylvania on 4/26/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fairly complicated to use given how easy technology is today to use. Screen brightness is poor...difficult to see with the top open, but that may apply to all screens. Sound quality is excellent, exactly what you would expect from Kenwood...quality is Poor...not what you would expect from Kenwood! I was using the streaming bluetooth feature with no issues. Turned off the car and went inside for a few minutes, came back out only to learn that my radio had "dropped it's memory" ...according to Crutchfield support. Now I have to pull the radio and send it back to Kenwood...Dropped its memory?? I guess I'm only glad that it has a 2 year warranty. I'm going to pull it out, send it back to Kenwood...probably wait 4-6 weeks for it to be "repaired". In the meantime I will buy a new radio not from Crutchfield and not a Kenwood. I have to be in my car for hours each day...just what I wanted to hear..."send your radio back to Kenwood for repair" I thought there was a reason I paid top dollar from Crutchfield?

    Pros: Good sound, impressive features.

    Cons: Poor quality, poor customer service

    Great Radio

    Mike from Pennsylvania on 4/11/2015

    2009 GMC Acadia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice upgrade from factory radio. With the proper accessories, all the factory things work, plus I was able to add a backup camera. It work with smart phones

    Pros: Great sound, lots of presets, many great features.

    Cons: Had to make minor alterations behind radio to make it fit my Acadia. Not a big deal.

    Great upgrade from factory!!

    Anonymous from Columbus In on 4/10/2015

    2012 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well worth the money!! Very pleased I could keep my steering wheel controls with the added harness. Makes my factory speakers sound like aftermarket. Would recommend this unit to anyone!!

    Pros: Quality features, well worth the money!!

    Cons: Can't find anything to complain about

    NICE UNIT BUT.....

    JOSH from Texas on 4/6/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just had this installed in my 2012 F150 along with the Maestro link for factory retention (swc and Sync). First, I like the initial look of this unit. Part of the issue I have are with the installer so I will try to keep that out of this product review. This unit has a lot of features, almost too many. The first thing that I noticed was the dull, dim display is horrible in the day time, which can be avoided some by buying one with a tilting screen. It will be very nice once you (I) buy the extra cable to mirror my Iphone6 for navigation and other apps. The big negative thing that I have to say is the setup. The settings menu has to be one of the most non-user friendly menu I have ever used. This is the first receiver that I had to dig out the instruction book to find the correct path for tuning the speakers. If I had it to do over again I would definitely steer away from Kenwood and go back to Pioneer. I will like to add that the OEM stuff is pretty cool.

    Pros: Good features Looks good

    Cons: Menu is not user friendly Display is dull and dim Bottom line is almost impossible to see

    It's great but...

    Anonymous from Twentynine palms, CA on 3/25/2015

    2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product! The only thing bad I have to say about it is I can't get my lightning connector usb to play music from my iPhone 5. It displays the artwork and everything but no audio unless I have an aux cable plugged in. It also doesn't play music through the Bluetooth audio streaming

    Pros: Nice to look at HD radio Easy to use Love how I can adjust speaker sizes and sound

    Cons: Doesn't work with iPhone 5 usb or Bluetooth audio steaming

    awsome unit

    Robert H from maryland on 3/16/2015

    2013 Ford F-150 STX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awsome buy for the price have alot more audio controls then i use to also allowed me to tap into my ford sync syestem which lets me do things i couldnt before....highly recommend



    Very pleased

    ReidL from Oregon on 3/12/2015

    2003 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I read a number of the reviews both positive and negative so had a pretty good idea what was coming. The unit plugged in exactly as expected, and has delivered on everything promised. The quality seems quite good so far, and performing a firmware update went extremely well since it is via USB. There are a few changes they could make in software that would be convienient, I'll be sending them to Kenwood. The main features would be to use color on the bottom status line, in monochrome it requires you to focus in on the icon rather than just a quick glance that could give you feedback via color. Another would be to allow screen blanking to be mapped to any of the hardware buttons, at the moment I have to choose whether to have a button for voice dialing or screen blanking, both of which are pretty essential. The last point would be to move voice dialing on the Phone menu to the top of the list, rather than the bottom which requires scrolling.

    Pros: Delivers on all advertised capabilities HTML mirroring of iphone works great Very good radio, receiving is much better than factory unit

    Cons: Seek functions are a little confusing to start with bottom status line is monochrome, color usage would be a great change especially on the phone icon

    Chev 2500 Silverado HD Install

    Steve from Chehalis, WA on 3/7/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have wanted to replace the radio head in my truck for some time. After researching my various local radio shops and discovering the ease of doing the job myself vs. paying the local shops $500 plus in labor...I called Crutchfield. After a online chat session with one of the Crutchfield advisers. I decided on the Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD head unit. Wanting to save ALL of my stock controls and features.... required a adapter interface. The instructions were fairly straight forward for the interface. However... the mounting and trim instructions were a little confusing. I had to basically eye ball what was needed for connections and the "tabs" to cut to install it. Once I determined that... the rest went smooth. Routing the USB and HDMI / MHL cables were easy into the glove box. The Bluetooth microphone was a little more challenging to hide through the head liner and door pillar trim cover. After a couple of online "how to videos"... it proved easy also. I installed a reverse camera. Routing the coax along the frame to protect it from "off road" hazards took some time but finished fairly clean install. I called Tech Support to find the right electrical connections to splice into to make the camera function properly. He was very helpful and stayed on the phone all the way till I successfully found and connected to the right leads. There is a little learning curve to program the features. The instruction book was OK, but again, a couple of online videos helped there too.

    Pros: Love all the different connectivity features and modes

    Cons: Adapter plate instruction a little vague.

    Good until it breaks

    PaulS from Atlanta, GA on 3/4/2015

    2008 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This went into a 2008 Civic 4 door. The short version: Screen died just outside of Crutchfield's return period (not their fault). Kenwood took 5 weeks to fix despite numerous calls and assurances of a short turnaround, leaving me with no radio for way longer than I expect for a $500+ device. Longer version: I bought the radio, speakers, "dynamat", and vinyl mats over a period of a few weeks. Once I had everything, I gutted the interior down to the paint and put everything in. The radio was only in use for a month before it started becoming non-responsive. A reset helped for a bit (but only just long enough to get outside of Crutchfield's 60-day period). When it died completely, I had to go through Kenwood. Since no one wants to read a long rant, I'll just say that the Kenwood facility (KASC-East) was less than motivated and took a little over 5 weeks from receipt of my unit to return it to me. The invoice in the box that came back to me claims a receipt time >1 week after they actually received the unit (UPS tracking). The unit was also returned to me unwrapped inside the box and without a plastic screen protector (I sent it with one) and had some residue on the face. After weeks of calls and run around, I asked Crutchfield to call the service center to help me out. In two hours, I received a tracking notice from them that the radio was shipping. Crutchfield support was great...Kenwood was not.


    Cons: Kenwood support. I recommend asking a Crutchfield rep to call them early so you don't have to wait 5 weeks like I did.

    The Good, the Bad and the Poorly Conceived

    Tim from Nevada on 2/28/2015

    2007 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Good: -It connects MHL->Mirror to control my Samsung Galaxy Note-4 Edge. -It has lossless blutooth (APTX-codec) audio. -For those who won't be using an outboard processor, this unit has some good tuning capabilities. The Bad: -The screen just plain sucks. Seriously. Color accuracy is bad. Resolution is bad. Visibility in daytime is horrendous (it's simply not bright enough). I put my Note-4 Edge smartphone up next to this head unit's screen in daylight and I could SEE my Smartphone, while I couldn't see anything but a white, washed out glare on this head unit. -The volume control is not "fine" enough. Every "click" of volume adjustment is increasing the sound too loudly and there simply isn't enough fine control of the loudness. -The touch screen is not sensitive enough when in mirror-mode or with the regular options. Sometimes I have to touch the screen several times to get a command through to either the head unit or my mirrored phone in the unit's options. The Poorly Conceived: -Despite having nice tuning capabilities, there was no "auto" tune with calibration microphone so that people could seriously get the most out of this unit. Without having the ability to accurately measure channel distances and delay along with frequencies, there is no frame of reference for a user to get accurate adjustments. -No front USB connector or analog plug. Why on Earth, in this modern age would a head unit be missing a USB and analog connection option up front.

    Pros: The "concept" of this head unit is tremendous. Kenwood doesn't have to go completely back to the drawing board. Kenwood has to fix what was poorly implemented in this unit. The screen must be sourced from Samsung or LG, PLEASE and daytime viewing is a MUST-improve for this to be worth buying.

    Cons: I'm seriously considering putting my old JVC KD-HDR1 head-unit back in and returning this one but it would be too much of a bother to do that. This unit is just good enough in certain areas to be worth keeping even though the daytime screen visibility make it almost worthless as I have to put my hand up over the screen to read anything on it.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD Review

    ScottKiss from Arizona on 2/27/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only thing I do not like is I had to buy a Samsung adaptor to get my Note 4 to interface with the unit and it does not have a good connection and cuts out frequently

    Pros: makes my business life in my truck much easier.

    Cons: Samgung adaptor cuts out

    Good but slow Bluetooth

    Jimmy from FL on 2/25/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio looks and sounds great in my 2007 Chevy 2500hd with bose audio, this is my 3rd kenwood and so far it's been one of the best.

    Pros: Sounds great, ease of use, looks, build quality, pairing, usb reading is almost instant, dimming ability as I hate bright radios

    Cons: Bluetooth takes forever to conect and spmetimes actually have to turn the radio off and on to get it to connect which is really annoying for the amount of money spent on this .... I bought one for almost $100 less last year and never had that issue.

    Great Radio!!!

    George from Mahwah, NJ on 2/25/2015

    2011 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The main plan was to find a head unit with dvd to replace stock radio w/ navigation. I own a Galaxy Note 4....Just like everyone who is technologically sound I have a phone that pretty much does everything so i wanted to eliminate the 2011 technology in my 2011 Tahoe w/ bose system. I bought this unit and its pretty amazing. Everything works great. With the help of a friend, who installs radios as a side job, He was able to get everything to work flawlessly. Only thing you want to check when it comes to installation.... I installed a maestro to control everything. I did not use crutchfields install kit. Unit does not have anti glare so viewing in direct sunlight is an issue. Unit also came with RCA jacks that were straight. I needed right angle adapters for the RCA jacks to get the unit to fit the dash and it was still too long for the area. My only true complaint is the unit will not do 2 things at once unless I have it plugged into my phone w/ the music playing through my phone. In other words you cant use the unit to play music on its own while using say google maps from my phone... a little annoying. All in all once Crutchfield dropped the price of this radio then it was a great value. Super happy with it.

    Pros: -Does everything I ever wanted a unit to do. -Retained all factory controls (rear camera, steering wheel controls, rear dvd entertainment) and even has gauges on the unit also... amazing -Price drop made this unit a great buy -Great sound out of my bose speakers

    Cons: -RCA jacks needed adapters -No anti-glare -Only does one thing at a time -Touch control a little sluggish but bearable.

    Great but Music Artwork

    Dylan from Murrieta Ca on 2/23/2015

    Love the unit but when I'm using Bluetooth on my iPhone 6, the artwork just appears as a black background with an eighth note. Also on the iPod option even when I'm plugged in USB, it will only show the information for the first song I play, so when the next song comes on its still the info for the previous song. Hoping I'm just missing something and there is a way!

    Pros: Pros Does everything you want it to, except show music artwork on BT The color changing buttons are intoxicating


    Decent radio

    Chris B from Flowery branch Ga on 2/11/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good radio with plenty of features....

    Pros: Looks good, nice graphics, lots of control over sound etc.....

    Cons: Horrible instruction manual.... Very hard to understand..... App mode does not work well, when it does at all.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Anonymous from Brecksville, OH on 2/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit with several options for a build to suit. Very pleased with sound quality and functionality.

    Pros: Can mirror your phone(android s5) and control apps from screen of head unit.

    Cons: Little lag with the touch function of the hid protacol between head unit and phone. Maybe future update will fix

    Great Upgrade from stock!

    dj_doughy from Kansas City on 2/3/2015

    2010 Chrysler 300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit to upgrade my stock system in my car. Sounds great on stock speakers, will want to upgrade those later but for now they sound awesome. Mirroring works flawlessly with SlimPort on my LG G2 (which is similar to MHL). Synced to my iPod nano effortlessly. HDradio sounds great. Styling matches accents in my vehicle, meshes well with the interior.

    Pros: Looks like a stock radio but is much more. Abundant features and settings to tweak to your heart's desire. Awesome ODB-II integration, it's like you are getting a reader and radio in one! HD radio sounds great (though there is a con). Quick response on button presses. Like I said eariler, sound is phenomenal even on stock car speakers.

    Cons: ODB-II wires a bit tricky to splice in (buy a plug so I you don;t have to cut into the wires). Audio setup a bit daunting, A LOT of settings to go through to get the sound you want. HD radio/radio in general doesn't pick up signals as good as stock radio (cuts out alot). Pandora is a bit flaky to hook up (may be related to phone to radio setup). Screws provided don't reach through the harness provided for car (Metra harness), had to go out and buy longer screws. Most of this is me being picky.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD Great Radio

    BobF from Ohio on 12/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is a quantum improvement over the Belkin transmitter I was using to listen to my iPod in my 2002 CRV. The sound is vastly improved even though I am still using the factory speakers. Installation was fairly easy using Posi-Products car stereo connectors (extra cost) and the Crutchfield provided Metra dash kit and Metra wiring harness. The HD radio and other features are awesome. The only question is why I waited so long to replace the factory radio/CD player.

    Pros: 1. Good for iPod usage 2.Great radio 3.Many features

    Cons: 1. Instructions are barely adequate. (Check the internet - especially on vehicle radio removal) 2.The red wire on the Kenwood harness looked dark orange instead of true red

    Good Features except with Samsung Note 3

    Howard from New York on 12/3/2014

    2005 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had unit installed in 2005 Ford Thunderbird. Install instructions from Crutchfield OK but Kenwood manual is lacking. Installer had to pull unit to correct installation a couple of times. Sound quality and screen responsiveness is pretty good. Big improvement over stock unit. HD radio, I Heart Radio and Bluetooth all work well. AM reception is not very good and hard to tune. Not a deal breaker. Touchscreen controls integration with Samsung Note 3 does not work. Apparently it will work with other Samsung phones. Samsung offers a MHL 5 to 11 pin adapter but it has been out of stock from quite a long time. No other adapters will work.

    Pros: Features and HD Radio

    Cons: Touchscreen controls will not work with the Samsung Note 3. Kenwood manual is very lacking.

    Not what I expected

    BrettV from Minnesota on 12/3/2014

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this along with an iDatalink Maestro steering wheel control for a 2005 Ford F-150 Lariat with factory sub. Also purchased Alpine SPS-517 speakers for all four doors. There was an immediate sound improvement overall and I was initially very happy. Installation was straight forward and instructions were well written. However, I soon started to encounter problems. 1. When I start my vehicle using the remote start, the unit activates the Bluetooth connection with my iPhone 5s and starts playing music off of it. My phone will be in the house but still in Bluetooth range and will just start blaring music from songs I have downloaded on it. Or, once I hop in the truck, the unit will automatically switch over to Pandora or iPod and start playing. 2. If I tune into a non HD radio station, the station turns fuzzy once I turn my headlights on. 3. There is a high pitch noise that occasionally comes from my speakers. It sounds like a tuning fork and lasts anywhere from 15 seconds to 5 minutes. I have no idea if this is because of the speakers or because of the head unit. 4. The interface looks old and isn't as user friendly as I thought it would be. I will be returning this unit and trying another.



    Great Unit

    Malcolm from Dallas, tX on 10/30/2014

    2012 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in my 2012 GMC Sierra. Radio is great. Love having the HD receiver. Screen is responsive and easy to navigate. Installation only took about an hour with dash panel removal and some modifications to the inner dash and the included installation kit. Installed the Maestro interface module and harness with external speaker to keep my factory steering wheel controls, chimes, backup features, and onstar. Would purchase again.

    Pros: Interface is very responsive, easy installation with idatalink maestro kit. Use of data connection for displaying Waze navi from my phone to head unit, BT handsfree calling and audio streaming is very nice!

    Cons: Would like to be able to customize the screen icons so I can break out the vehicle OEM functions to the main screen but not a big deal.

    In it's own class, period.

    Anthony V. from Pueblo, Co on 10/29/2014

    Hand down the best deck for your money. Recently purchased a pioneer Avh series, and was dissapointed. Did some research and came to this. Quality, user friendly, looks sharp, and transitions seemlesly. From I pad to I phone, to MP3, to Android, to flash drive, to CD, to pandora, to I heart radio, to Movie, to back up camera. Added power from the deck dramatically improves sound quality regardless, of your set up. Has 12 EQ Profiles, as well as ability to add endless custom ones. Ability to control just the Sub also fantastic. This HU also is car type specific, from compact, to truck, to SUV etc, and when you do update it, the sound will blow your mind. Much more user friendly then my Pioneer. Yes you will have to buy a few cords, but that's with any quality deck. Bluetooth connectivity works great, but manual connection is much better in sound quality, and that's any deck. Glare issue/brightness is an angle issue, and very easy to adjust.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Did not get sooner, had to suffer through the Pioneer.


    Dan from Springfield, OH on 10/19/2014

    2013 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use. Great sound quality. Installed in a 2013 F-150 with Sync along with the iDatalink Maestro. Everything works great! The wiring harness for the iDatalink made this a simple install. So much better than the stock head unit



    Kenwood in 2008 Tundra

    Dan from Vero Beach, Fl on 10/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit. Performs all functions that I needed, especially the hands free calling. Mounted mic on steering column. Much better voice pic up than running wire up A post to visor. Overall very pleased with quality of unit. Sync with iPhone in seconds. Still using factory speakers, definitely improved sound, but speaker upgrade recommended.

    Pros: Decent price. Quality unit. Fast shipping and tech advice. Purchased Tundra bezel kit as well, installation looks factory and flawless.

    Cons: Hard to see in daytime. Glare is issue in Florida sun, but some of that is due to angle of Tundra dash. No detailed instructions on dash disassembly from Crutchfield, You Tube saved me on that.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Anonymous from Hyannis, MA on 10/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced broken stock RER unit in jeep wrangler. Couldn't afford the $1500 replacement. This unit works ok. Expensive cables for iphone 5 MHL hookup. Used it once, apps dont really work well on the screen.. Its decent for youtube and Waze. Truthfully I play my music through the bluetooth and even that has connectivity issues.

    Pros: Interface is pretty decent

    Cons: Connectivity to iphone both wired and bluetooth are lackluster and frustrating

    Great head unit!

    Michael from Wilmington, NC on 9/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great head unit and is capable of pretty much everything you can imagine.......even GPS when you mirror your iPhone or iPad to it with a maps app........I assume Droids work like this as well. Definitely a bargain for the features it has.

    Pros: Great Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to mirror you iPad or iPhone makes so many more entertainment features available, as well as letting you use maps apps on the screen while driving.......oops, that is a no no......but it's possible......or watch Netflix or Hulu.

    Cons: None that I have discovered so far.


    GeoffG from Fort Meade, MD on 8/20/2014

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit works great in my Wrangler Rubicon. People have complained about the screen and direct sun light, so far I haven't noticed. Easy to use and set up and I love the features.



    Huge Improvement!

    Greg from Near PGH, PA on 7/24/2014

    2011 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Frustrated with the poor sound quality of the factory radio, even after upgrading all the speakers with new Infinity 6 x 8's and tweeters in the front doors, I took the plunge and bought this radio along with the Idatalink Maestro. After a fairly simple install, the quality of the sound was an instant improvement right out of the box with zero adjustments. After a few tweaks to the EQ, the whole thing came alive. DVD's sound incredible with the Dolby Digital surround, HD radio crystal clear, satellite radio great of course and you can even pause/FF/RW it also that I didn't know it did until after reading the manual. Navigating USB audio is equally good. The addition of the Maestro unit seamlessly integrates the truck and radio together, and adds other neat features as well. The feature set of the radio is so vast, it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but for the most part is very intuitive. I currently have a Windows phone which works ok, but it limits the capabilities of the radio. Use an iPhone or Android based phone and this radio will be everything you will ever need. I plan on adding a backup camera, amp, and sub to further enhance this already great head unit.

    Pros: More features than the space shuttle at a great value! Fantastic audio and video!

    Cons: I don't have a more compatible phone. :(

    Great unit, love it so far

    Anonymous from Idaho on 7/22/2014

    2012 Ford F-150 FX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Install kit that was recommended by Crutchfield made installation simpler. Also installed a 45watt amp and replaced speakers. Sound is much better than stock unit.



    Very good receiver

    Dipriv from Seattle on 7/21/2014

    2014 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, this is a great receiver with excellent sound, nice and user friendly interface, and a good feature set. This (and only several other new Kenwood receivers) has aptX bluetooth codec for the best quality audio streaming via bluetooth. It sounds great, as does HD radio. SiriusXM is plug and play with a receiver and sounds good (limited by the technology of satellite radio). Bluetooth pairing also works great, and within 10-15 seconds after turning on the receiver it connects without fail. NEVER loses connection (unlike so many other receivers I've tried)... this is invaluable. The interface is clean and customizable to some degree (changing which icons appear on the home screen), which is nice. Phone calling via bluetooth works well too., and the cheapo microphone does its job (and does usefully tilt up/down in addition to swiveling). The main con is that the screen is matte and not nearly bright enough to be legible in bright/direct sunlight. As in, completely washed out. Also, the screen frequently changes automatically from showing the song/artist/album/channel info (mostly when in bluetooth/SiriusXM mode) to showing a few, gigantic control buttons at the expense of the music info. It would be fine if it did not turn on automatically and if it could be turned off, but you can't. The best you can do is to toggle to the music info screen by hitting a button but soon enough it will appear again, and that gets old really fast.

    Pros: 1. Sound quality, esp. bluetooth streaming (via aptX codec) and HD radio. 2. SiriusXM "ready" so you can connect a plug and play SiriusXM receiver. 3. Customizable home screen. 4. Bluetooh pairing ease, auto connect speed and reliability (never loses connection). 5. HD radio built in, which sounds great.

    Cons: 1. Screen is not bright enough. Completely washed out and illegible in bright/direct sunlight. 2. Screen will automatically change from music info to a screen with enormous buttons (like three in the entire screen) that you have to turn off each time and there is no way in the settings to turn this annoying feature off. 3. Low resolution screen. Album artwork, even though small in size on the screen, looks terrible due to the low res screen. I would guess DVDs don't look great either.

    Kenwood DDX5901HD is Great!

    BobS from South Florida on 7/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the stock sound system in a Mustang GT with the Kenwood DDX5901HD, and whats not to like? HD radio sounds great even with the stock speakers! Loaded with features - Bluetooth (phone and audio), backup camera ready, Sirius ready, AV Video In/Out, USB port, Pandora and iHeart Radio, etc.. With the ADS MUS-1 kit and iDatalink Maestro integration, the built in steering wheel controls all work (with dual functions), Siri Voice integration for hands-free calling and voice text messaging works great. The iDatalink integration gives me access to OEM features like custom engine gauges, tire pressures, battery readings, doors open and OBD2 codes and diagnostics. Even though it doen't have navigation, you can use an iPhone app with the AV IN to provide navigation. Like I said before, whats not to like!

    Pros: Great fit, features and sound! Volume knob is a nice thing to have.

    Cons: A little delay when turned on - annoying, but not a show stopper. Dual USB ports would be great.

    Fantastic Unit

    Anonymous from Inglewood, CA on 6/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All I can say is WOW!!! I'm in LOVE with the head unit. Android connectivity is the greatest.

    Pros: HDMI. Great smartphone companion with App controls. Advanced Bluetooth capabilities. Volume knob.

    Cons: LCD washout in direct sunlight

    I want to love it, but...

    Chris D from Woburn, MA on 6/23/2014

    2014 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently installed this head unit into my 2015 Subaru WRX last weekend (not confirmed for fit on Crutchfield website, but dash layout is very similar to 2014 model, and the supplied adapter fits well, with slight modification). I mainly purchased this head unit for it's Android functionality, and being able to use the Google Maps app on my phone without the need to awkwardly prop up my phone or use a standalone gps unit, or pay for a more pricier head unit with gps built in. I purchased the Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable to connect my HTC One (M7), and pairing worked almost instantly. I was then able to play audio and display my phone's screen directly on the head unit, and it was wonderful and all sounded nice too. Having used this radio frequently over the past few days, the same concerning issues have arisen each time, and I am hoping that it is only something I am doing wrong, because this truly is a quality receiver. After around 5-10 minutes of solid functionality, the whole radio unit becomes...sluggish. To the point where it's almost unusable...When I turn the volume knob one click, it will take seconds for the command to register (often 15 or more seconds, which is unacceptable for such a basic function). Switching inputs, say from the apps mode back to the HD Radio, will often take 30 seconds to a minute or more for the radio to go back to the home screen, and then to load up the next command I input.. When the unit is restarted, functionality is restored momentarily.

    Pros: 5V pre-amp outs make my Alpine speakers and JL Audio sub hit hard and loud. Display is clear, easy, and very quick to navigate once you get the hang of it. Apps feature is definitely worth the price of the required cable. Can't get built-in Pandora or iHeartRadio apps to work, but like another reviewer said, I may just have to play with the Bluetooth on my phone for a bit, as I really want these features.

    Cons: All functionality essentially breaks after roughly 5 minutes of using the head unit. Sluggish to non-existent response from both physical buttons and touch screen. Restarting unit returns quickness, but only for another several minutes of use. Will attempt to contact Kenwood customer support to see if anything can be done. With all the other positive reviews, I really hope my unit is either defective or I am doing something incorrect. Will update if anything changes.

    Crutchfield response on 6/24/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Android Mirror works great

    RobsTV from Florida on 6/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed into 2014 Mustang V6 Base went smooth with MUS01 kit and ADS-MRR. Can use Android HTC 4g LTE with generic MHL/HDMI cable to view and control phone from Kenwood screen. Allows use of Android GPS such as iGo or TomTom, saving the cost of HU with GPS built-in, yet still having nearly all the features! Integration with Mustang system is excellent, with added bonus of 4 tire TPMS (for example), instead of Mustang low pressure warning without specifics. On screen selectable Gauges are another plus. Cheap backup camera fully functions automatically or manually. HD Radio allows skipping sat radio fees.

    Pros: Huge upgrade over stock system that places car into the hi-tech 21st century instead of stone age stock.

    Cons: Screen is a little dim in bright sunlight (as expected). Android to MHL/HDMI took several attempts at getting the Bluetooth pairing to work before Android was controllable using Kenwood touchscreen. Internet search said keep trying, turning on/off/on phones Bluetooth, and sure enough, after a dozen tries, it connected. Now it connects within seconds every time. Just get over that first connection hump and good to go. Run Kenwood app on phone, select apps from HU, good luck.

    Great Unit!!

    Anonymous from Collinsville, IL on 5/30/2014

    2008 Mazda CX-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very cool radio! I haven't figured out everything yet, but it has all the capabilities that I was looking for with a new receiver. I installed the HDMI and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter and other cables (all non-Kenwood). Note that the HDMI port on the back of the unit is very narrow, so if you plan to purchase a high quality HDMI cable for this, it may not fit (I purchased this one and it would not fit). The Bluetooth works great and I haven't used the iPhone mirror function much yet, although that is one of the primary reasons I purchased this over other units. With Bluetooth it will display album covers and track info using both Pandora and as an iPod. Also navigation voice instruction will play over the speakers when in use with other sources. There is a 15 second or so delay to begin playing Pandora or iPod songs, which isn't too bad. Overall I am very impressed with the radio thus far. Having the ability for future upgrades with the HDMI input and such makes it a great long-term unit.

    Pros: HDMI input, iPhone 5S mirror capabilities, Bluetooth, HD Radio, App Control, etc


    Excelon is Excellent

    NeilY from Boca Raton, FL on 5/23/2014

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    A great unit, quick switching in all modes, great sound on the Sirius radio mode and nice display with the station logo, quick USB reader - plays USB music quickly with no read lag. HD radio sounds great , Bluetooth phone and music sounds fantastic.

    Pros: Glad I bought it

    Cons: Non

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Dave from Nixa Missouri on 5/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit. You won't regret getting it.


    Cons: It's in a convertible and the screen washes out from the sun.

    Too great

    00N9ne from MIami, FL on 5/21/2014

    2005 Mazda RX8
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty awesome radio. I brought life to Bose system in my RX8 don't see myself needing a speak or a amp. I just use my regular usb phone cable to connect my ipod and it works perfect no kenwood cable required. I took me a hour or so to figure out how to get my ipod to actually play. You just have to put the radio in regular FM mode and then go change the input settings for ipod to USB only. The bluetooth for my andriod also works perfectly plays pandora, my regular phone music, voice calls and gps audio. Haven't tried any videos on it yet though.

    Pros: Excellent Quality

    Cons: Took me a while to figure out how to get my ipod to play.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Anonymous from Racine, WI on 5/20/2014

    2008 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Receiver is such an upgrade from my SyNC Nav unit, The only complaint is HDMI will not display on the composite out to the rear monitors.


    Cons: HDMI does not output to video out.

    Be very Leary

    Paul from St.Louis on 5/12/2014

    2004 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased this head unit for my car, I had a Kenwood and replaced it with a new one because the Sirius was acting up. Well the new one is not compatible with any older Sirius units, so now I have to pay to switch my service, AND I had a removable one, now it's locked into my car. The app features on this radio are 100% useless, unless you have a bunch of cords (sold separately) which defeats the entire idea of Bluetooth, also who wants all these cords everywhere? I hate this radio. It is a step down from my old Kenwood in every way. I unfortunately now am committed to this now that I have already changed everything and paid a fortune for this useless brick in my dash. I wish I would have bought a different radio.

    Pros: It plays music

    Cons: App function is worthless, no video streams through blue tooth at all. Not compatible with any Sirius product that's a few years old. Phone app is annoying . Lots of features that you can buy extra cords and add ons to use, if you have a cavity in your dash the size of a basket ball.

    Confusing but VERY impressive

    Danny from Long Island, NY on 5/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All I can say is... WOW!!! This isn't the most intuitive product but the end result is amazing. It's taking me sometime to get used to the functions. But as I figure something out I am thoroughly impressed. There are so many positives about this unit and the previous poster's have already mentioned it all. However, the manual just downright stinks!!!... I would give it 5 stars if it was a little easier to figure out and if the manual was a lot more helpful. I had this installed with all Hertz Audio ( comps & sub & 5channel amp ). The Kenwood & Hertz marriage has been mind blowing!

    Pros: Crutchfield's customer service is second to none!

    Cons: The Manual

    Great Head Unit

    MikeW from Northern NJ on 5/6/2014

    2008 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this in an attempt to mirror my iPhone 5s, mostly for Apple Maps and Spotify. It works! You set bluetooth to the HDMI mode. Once the lightning digital AV cable is connected, you just press "apps" and it mirrors. Only some apps have full touch screen control like Waze GPS and iHeartRadio, but there are generic controls for Play, Pause, FF, next, etc. So for me, I can plug in my iPhone, tell Siri to take me to my destinations, tell her to open Spotify, then I can follow the map on my Head Unit, and press the screen to skip songs or pause Spotify. If I want full control over apps, I control them from the phone. The only thing left would be to mirror the phone with full touchscreen control for all apps, but it'd probably be up to Apple to create that interface. Bluetooth by itself is great on the Head Unit. I can have my phone in my pocket and control my iTunes music as well as Pandora right from the HU. Receiving phone calls is also seamless. Just press the answer button. Having a smartphone connected to your radio is cool, but having a head unit that can play Sirius, HD Radio, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and then mirror your entire phone with on-screen controls is pretty amazing. That said, the screen washes out pretty bad in sunlight. You can turn up the brightness and black levels, but sometimes you just can't see the display. Also, programming channels on HD Radio and Sirius is a little tricky at first. Just gotta refer to the manual a couple times.

    Pros: HDMI. Great smartphone companion with App controls. Advanced Bluetooth capabilities. Volume knob.

    Cons: Screen washes out in direct sunlight.

    2011 Jeep Grande Cherokee install

    Will from Austin on 4/30/2014

    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would like to start off by saying, i really enjoy this unit. The playback through Bluetooth is amazing. DVD is crystal clear (when the screen isn't washed out by sunlight). Seeing gauges is nice along with warnings. Before i couldn't ever tell what my tire pressure was from my display, only that one was low and then i had to figure out which tire. Now i can see exactly what the tire pressure is, but the tires are the exact opposite. The car is basically turned around on the display.. I have not figured out the app mode, yet. I have an iPhone 4 and can' t seem to get any apps to appear in app mode. It does state in the manual that i can do this through Bluetooth, still, no results. Sound quality is great with HD radio. I'm shocked how much better it really is. I've never had that option before. Right now my tweeters are way too harsh but the ability to eq them down to a reasonable level really helps solidify this unit. Overall this is a great unit, but does have cons. No motorized face for glare adjustment,(understandable bc it is a slot loading unit). The screen washes out extremely easy in sunlight, (i will try to install deeper into my dash). I bought this unit to connect to my existing Uconnect system, and it does thanks to the meastro RR. The problem is, it sounds terrible. Very grainy and compressed. incredibly disappointing considering the extra cost. This unit is by no means cost effective. There are other units that have similar feature for 100 less.

    Pros: Bluetooth clarity, audio options, eq, dvd, easy parking brake grounding.

    Cons: Hard to see during the sunny days, which here in TX it happens often.

    Lightning Cable Liberation!!

    Jim from Southern California on 4/13/2014

    The title says it all. You do not need your white iPhone/iPod cable to connect to this unit. It can do the same through Bluetooth. With the exception of video (lightning cable didn't do that either) you have full iPod/Sirius/iHeartRadio control. I originally bought this model for the HDMI/HML capabilities. Those functions work just fine if a little clumsy. In reality, the app mode doesn't hold a candle to the bluetooth capabilities. This radio supports what's called Bluetooth SPP (serial port protocol) which means remote operation of your phone over bluetooth. It acts just like you plugged in your lightning cable (I have an iPhone 5 so I can't really comment on Android operation). It just works. I also like the fact it has the capability to integrate with your car's CAN bus if you connect the separate Maestro module. I don't have a car that nice so I didn't add it. I love that I can keep my phone in my pocket and still have full control over it. Built-in HD Radio is also nice. After that glowing recommendation, I do have one slight complaint about this unit. I have owned touchscreen Kenwood radios from the 2010 models to the present and I think they change LCD vendors every now and then. My previous radio was a DDX470 and I believe that it had a better display. The display on the DDX5901HD washes out more in direct sunlight than it predecessor but is still useable to me. Might be something to think about depending on where in you dash the radio will be.

    Pros: LOTS of connection options Awesome Bluetooth functionality (SPP) More sound shaping options than you can shake a stick at Best sound quality of any Kenwood I have ever owned

    Cons: Slight LCD washout in direct sunlight but buy it anyway, I'm sure you'll love it.


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), Mini (rear) x 2
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Scan
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPhone/Android Integration
    HD + Internet + SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    OEM/Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DDX5901HD features a 6.1" widescreen (16:9) touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with easy-to-identify icons, making menu navigation easy.

    • Customizable Home Screen: The Home Screen features 3 large source icons and 5 smaller source/setup icons. You can customize which 3 large source icons you want as your favorites, as well as customize 4 of the 5 smaller source/setup icons. The "All SRC" icon is not customizable; pressing this icon displays all source/setup icons on two pages.
    • Custom Background Images: You can download a still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
    • Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)          
    Note: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display (21 languages including English, French, Spanish, and others).

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary-dial 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, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Clock Display: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock which 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 source button turns the unit off completely.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DDX5901HD against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin 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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DDX5901HD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood DDX5901HD is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (3.0+EDR) 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), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (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 DDX5901HD. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DDX5901HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DDX5901HD 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 cell 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 (0-99 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DDX5901HD, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 30 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 3 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DDX5901HD. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book alphabetically (A-Z).
      • 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 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.

    Wireless Audio Streaming w/ aptX CSR: The Kenwood DDX5901HD supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DDX5901HD even employs AptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible phones (like some Androids). The DDX5901HD will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The DDX5901HD also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

    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 with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DDX5901HD 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/TEL" 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 DDX5901HD and its microphone. 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 DDX5901HD; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can 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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Kenwood DDX5901HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The Kenwood DDX5901HD features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 39" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DDX5901HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, and MKV, WMV video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood DDX5901HD supports the following types of audio, 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 compatible)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 48-192kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 16-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 4-192kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 16-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48 kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-1/2/4: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    H.264: 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (8.0Mbps)
    WMV/MKV: 640 x 480 (2. Mbps)
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

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

    Highlight Control (DVD Playback): During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right 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 bottom center activates the source control screen.

    Search Functions (USB only): The Kenwood DDX5901HD offers unique search functions for USB playback.

    • Category Search: You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically. 
    • Link Search: 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.
    • Picture Search: The unit will display up to eight thumbnails of still-images to choose from. The selected thumbnail will become a full screen image.
    • Album Artwork: You can search music files by selecting the Album Artwork. You can even create an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums by selecting album artwork.

    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.

    Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert a disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    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.

    iPhone/Android Integration

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The Kenwood DDX5901HD supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input or HDMI input. The DDX5901HD offers audio/video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models (video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park).

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the Kenwood DDX5901HD. Using Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod video cable (113KCIP202, sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies and video apps (like Netflix) on your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood DDX5901HD. If you only desire audio playback, you can use Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DDX5901HD.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DDX5901HD for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Kenwood DVD receiver. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the Kenwood DDX5901HD, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (all sold separately) - this type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing.
    Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.

    iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Kenwood DDX5901HD supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, or Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, Rented Movie, or iTunesU. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order). You can even search your iPod's music library by Album Art and create a Favorite List, which contains an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums. In addition, 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. The head unit also supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and  Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen, as well access music and video apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DDX5901HD will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. Pandora and iHeart Radio will also display metadata information. Other music apps will only display song/artist information in Apps mode.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apps Mode for iPhone & Android (via HDMI): You can listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your Lightning-connector iPhone (iOS 7+) or Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone, using the head unit's HDMI input and its Apps Mode. The head unit will mirror the display of your mobile device (not always full-screen) when in Apps Mode. Apps Mode also provides basic playback control for your iPhone from the receiver's touchscreen; basic playback functions include Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track. You can even control your Android device from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from the smartphone; this requires that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged (all other Apps mode functionality does not require the parking brake be engaged). Using either a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone, you can also exit App Mode and access Pandora, and iHeartRadio directly from the head unit's touchscreen with advance music navigation and control. In addition, the iPhone lets you access its stored music and video library from the head unit's touchscreen with advance search and playback control when connected via HDMI. While navigation maps from your smartphone can be displayed on the Kenwood head unit's touchscreen, the navigation app will still need to be controlled from your iPhone or Android device (unless you have the vehicle's parking brake engaged; in this case you can control Android maps from the head unit's touchscreen).

    • iPhone Connectivity: If you have an iPhone with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter, Lightning-to-USB cable, and a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The Bluetooth connection allows you to control basic playback functions from the head unit.
    • Android Connectivity: The head unit's HDMI port is MHL compatible; this means you can simply connect select MHL-compatible Android smartphones to the  receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as Kenwood's KCA-MH100 cable (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing and installation of the Kenwood Smartphone Control App from Google Play (may also require firmware update). The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection is needed for touchscreen control. Compatible Android smartphones include Samsung Galaxy *S3/S4/S5/Note II/Note III, Sony Xperia Z/Z1/ZR/ZL, and HTC One (all with OS 4.1+). *The Samsung Galaxy S3/4/5 and Note II/III requires an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately).
    Note: Access to your iPhone and Android smartphone 's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not all Android and Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.

    Waze App: The DDX5901HD also supports the Waze navigation app (from iTunes & GooglePlay) for Apple iPhone with Lightning connector and Android via HDMI/MHL through the head unit's Apps Mode. You'll be able to view the Waze app from the Kenwood head unit's touchscreen. If you are using an Android smartphone, you can control Waze from the head unit's touchscreen when the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    Garmin App (for iPhone Lightning Connector): In addition, Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter, Lightning-to-USB cable, and a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (sold separately) allows you to view navigation maps and get audible/visual directions on the DDX5901HD's touchscreen, when the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app ($49.99), and the Vehicle Display Integration in-app option ($49.99) are both downloaded to your connected iPhone with Lightning connector (iOS 7.0+). The Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app contains NAVTEQ map data for the United States (lower 49 states); with over a million POIs, turn-by turn directions, lane assist with junction view, traffic updates, and speed limit alerts. Because the map data is downloaded onto your iPhone and does not live on the network, wireless coverage is not required to navigate. Once you have selected your destination on your connected iPhone, your map route will be visible on the DDX5901HD's touchscreen (even with parking brake disengaged) and turn-by-turn directions can be heard through your car stereo speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to control the Garmin StreetPilot USA app. The screen of your iPhone and the screen of the Kenwood DDX5901HD may not be identical.

    Note: The Garmin App is no longer compatible with the iPhone 4/4S through Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod video cable.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX5901HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/8/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Apps Mode Pandora iHeart Radio Garmin StreetPilot Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 7.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 7.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y

    HD + Internet + SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: 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 (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 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 DDX5901HD to search only HD Radio stations. In addition, you can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • Tuner Presets: The DDX5901HD's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24). Not only does the DVD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
    • Station Info & Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art. In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone & Android): The Kenwood DDX5901HD allows you to access Pandora and  iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected iPhone (5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Blueooth-connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone can be connected to the DDX5901HD via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), the cable supplied with your iPhone, Bluetooth, or HDMI+Bluetooth. Your Android smartphone must support be paired via Bluetooth or connected via HDMI+Bluetooth to the Kenwood DDX5901HD. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DDX5901HD using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood DDX5901HD provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station or genre list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Auto (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Auto app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood DDX5901HD using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The DDX5901HD will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood DDX5901HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200V1 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: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Presets + Smart Favorites: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets can be identified as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart & TuneScan.
    • 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.
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: 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 plays the first 10 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
    • Alerts: Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. You can also be alerted to information pertaining to your local weather and traffic.
    • 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.

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The DDX5901HD DVD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage 5V preouts, plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DDX5901HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 98dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX5901HD 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 DDX5901HD 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 Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The DDX5901HD features front, rear and subwoofer 5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. You can adjust the subwoofer output's Phase (0° or 180°) and Level (-50to +10dB).

    Digital Signal Processing (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.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers. The Front speakers can be set to Door, On Dash, or Under Dash. The Rear speakers can be set to Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front and Rear speakers (including tweeter), as well as your subwoofer. The Front and Rear speakers can be set to OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10". The tweeter can be set to Small, Middle, Large, or None. The Subwoofer can be set to 6.5", 8", 10", 12", or 15"+. Select None if you have no Rear speaker or sub.
    • X'Over: The head unit features independent Front & Rear high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover. The Front & Rear high-pass crossovers and Subwoofer low-pass crossover can be set to 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave (or select Full-Range).
    Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer: The DDX5901HD offers 10 preset EQs for easy adjustment and a 7-band parametric EQ for fine-tuning. You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 7-band EQ). The 7-band equalizer consists of 62.5Hz, 160Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 6.3khz, & 16kHz frequencies which can be adjusted from -9 to +9dB.

    Note: Separate EQ settings and EQ preset are stored for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Bass Management: The DDX5901HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.

    • Bass Boost: The DDX5901HD features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
    • Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Volume Level Adjustment: The navigation receiver offers several volume level adjustment to tailor the audio output of your sources.

    • 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.
    • Drive EQ: Drive EQ setting automatically optimizes the sound quality to meet the current volume level.
    • 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.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood DDX5901HD DVD receiver is fitted with two rear-panel audio/video inputs. The both AV inputs consist of a 3.5mm jack for connection of an external AV source; such as TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The AV-2 input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable).

    HDMI/MHL Input: The In addition to Apps mode for iPhone and Android, the head unit's HDMI/MHL input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device.

    A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, AV-1, USB, iPod, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor.

    Note: Different sources from iPod/iPhone cannot be set as front and rear sources independently. Only one iPod/iPhone source can be set as front and rear sources. Apps mode and the HDMI/MHL input are not available to the second zone.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-220 (113CMOS220, sold separately). 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 (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds.

    OEM/Remote Control

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood DVD receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood head unit to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; and  select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM. and Dodge/Chrysler 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). In some installations, the iDatalink Maestero 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.

    • Ford/Lincoln/Mercury: When installed in a compatible Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01 installation harness (794HRNSRF1, sold separately) and must also be connected to your Windows PC so it can be flashed with the  SR-FOR01-DS2 firmware update.
    • GM: When installed in a compatible GM vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05 installation harness (794HRNGMS5, sold separately) and must also be connected to your Windows PC so it can be flashed with the SR-GMS05-DS firmware update.
    • Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep: When installed in a compatible Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro installation harness (794HRNSRC1, sold separately) and must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed so it can be flashed with the SR-CHR01-DS firmware update.
    Note: The Kenwood head unit features an OEM Setup menu that must be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM 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). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV331, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood navigation 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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    16 questions already asked

    First off let me ask a question to you. When you say connect what do you mean? I have and android Samsung S4. so my phone will connect either Bluetooth to stream music from my library or like Pandora. I can also use a MHL cable connected to the micro USB connection and chose MHL on the deck. This giving me the phone screen on the display of the stereo. I hope this helps if not give me more information as to what you are trying to accomplish and we can go from there. [ Steven  Apr 08, 2015 ]
    my unit was installed at a local auto a/v sales and installation store. I had opted for the HDMI plus Bluetooth instalkation as noted on page 63 ofbypthe owner's manual. My p iPhone 5s worked as soon as I had connected to the lighting to digital cable as pictured on Page 63. I would double check your hardware including cables. I had onced purchased new cables that were malfunctioning. Good luck to you. [ Winston  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    Connected through the receivers Bluetooth. It's in the directions. [ Bryan  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Apr 07, 2015 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Mar 25, 2015 ]  Staff
    Oh and after all of that...the apps refuse to work because it says you are in a car! But if you just use the Bluetooth your fine. However this completely negates the reason for buying this!! Oh and you can't see the screen if there is any sun on or near it.The apple specific ones aren't much better from what I've read soooo give up the interactive thing and just find a good head unit with quick auto pairing and start up times. This unit is good about that. [ Michael  Mar 20, 2015 ]
    Yes and a USB cable and an adapter to plug both into that has a lightning cable to plug into your iPhone. But even with all that the screen is ONLY A vertical IMAGE of what's on you phone screen. IT IS NOT INTERACTIVE!!! And it isn't even landscape!!! [ Michael  Mar 20, 2015 ]
    Yep. Ran mine to the glove box. [ Paul  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    You can connect bluetooth without any cords and stream audio from your phone. If you want video then you will need the HDMI cable and HDMI adapter from Apple. [ Brian  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    You will only need an HDMI cable if you want to watch video or see apps on unit screen. [ Hillard  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    No, bluetooth is a wireless connection that does not require a cord. [ Nathan  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    No, Bluetooth will work independent of HDMI. If you want any video, you will need an HDMI cord. [ JASON  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    yes [ Bryan  Feb 11, 2015 ]
    Yes, if you connect your iPod through the USB connector and your Android device via Bluetooth. [ Martin  Feb 10, 2015 ]
    I wish I could answer your question completely. I only have an Android product (HTC One Mini) and it connects with that seamlessly. I have full access and all functions. [ Mark  Feb 09, 2015 ]
    I don't think so. It would be easier to swap the music to an ad card and put it in your s5 [ Frank  Feb 08, 2015 ]
    No although you can jump back and forth between the two phones. Additionally you will need to use to separate cables, one for the I phone classic and one for the Galaxy. [ Eric  Feb 08, 2015 ]
    Thanks Jason, very helpful. I guess I was hoping that the screen would become interactive at that point. I can see how it would not. oh well [ CHRIS  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    I have an iPhone 5 with my setup, so here goes. I run an HDMI out from the head unit with the iPhone 5 usb cable to an Apple iPhone HDMI converter. I plug my iPhone into that. So, although I don't have a diagnostics app, I am assuming it works the same as other apps, like Waze. I use Waze for navigation and the short answer is that you cannot listen to music while using the app. The work-around is to turn off the phones Bluetooth, play your music on the iPhone (as long as it is hard wired to the head unit via usb) and use your apps. It is a little hokey but works. As for the iPod through usb, you probably can do it, but to display video on the head unit you need the HDMI. You most likely have basic control on the head unit through usb, but I can't be sure. kenwood has a great website with all the details. [ JASON  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    Sorry, I'm not for sure about that and have since sold car and radio. We did how ever love the unit. [ SUSAN  Feb 05, 2015 ]
    -First of all the mirror image is non-interactive. I.e it is just an image/video. (I was mad about this!) -Secondly it shows the mirror image in portrait mode, even if you turn your phone sideways. (so much for a large screen). -Third you can't use any of the aps on your iPhone even after you by all the special cables to mirror it to your screen because it relies you are driving and tells you as much. -Fourth you can not see this screen when there is any sunlight on it. - Fifth it can only support apps and bluetooth for one type of device in the system settings. IE if you have an IPhone and your wife has an Android you are going to have to go into the settings and switch it back and forth for who ever is driving. Which I usually forget to do and then my phone starts ringing but not through the radio. - So that leaves you with connecting it via bluetooth and looking at/ and interacting with your IPhone screen. The only thing that has kept me from losing my mind and sending this thing back is I set up the steering wheel control ( with an adaptor I bought on here) on my car to activate voice control (Siri). But I could have done that with cheaper model stereo. [ Michael  Feb 05, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Feb 03, 2015 ]  Staff
    any connections for an external amp will require both 16 ga remote wire as well as rca stereo cables [ Laura  Dec 23, 2014 ]
    The unit has a harness and conections on the back of it. The cables on the harnes measure about 8 inches. Anything else you plug to it, you can make it the length you want. Hope it helps. [ Paul  Dec 23, 2014 ]
    Are you talking about the cord that controls the bass to your subs? the bass knob is usually connected to your amplifier. Im using the Rux knob by alpine and it is mounted in my console. [ CHRISTOPHER  Dec 22, 2014 ]
    If you mean usb cord it is long enough to get through dash with room to spare [ Joseph  Dec 22, 2014 ]
    I meant usb sorry [ JMensi  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    Some sort of 5 to 11 pin adapter will be needed, along with a HDMI MHL cable, but I don't believe it needs to any particular brand. I use a Rocketfish HDMI MHL adapter, which came with a 5 to 11 pin adapter. All the best!! [ Sujit  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    The cable you listed will work its actually an MHL cable. I picked on up from an other online retailer. [ Steven  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    Yes. Works with galaxy s4 need to down load app. YouTube has a good video on the process frustrating at first just watch video again. [ Michael  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    Dual is used for power and video. You also need to down load kenwood app. Either one will work but will drain battery with the other. [ Michael  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    I have been able to perform all task through my Samsung S5 via bluetooth. No additional cables required. I have even looked up a song on YouTube and streamed the audio via bluetooth through the radio to the truck speakers. [ TAYLOR  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    I have an iPhone, so I couldn't tell you one way or the other, sorry [ Aaron  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    I believe you need the KCA-HD100 (HDMI for the HU side) cable and the 5 to 11 pin adapter. That's what I used and it works perfectly. [ MALCOLM  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    I got the below mhl cable for my S5, which I believe the Note 3 uses the same. AFUNTA Micro USB MHL HDMI HDTV Cable Adapter for Samsung Galaxy S5 -Length 6FT. you will also need a USB power source. And cannot use your radio usb. They sell 12v to USB adapters. [ MOHAMAD  Oct 28, 2014 ]
    Hi Kevin, There is a composite video in for a rear view camera. [ JASON  Oct 26, 2014 ]
    correct, the back up cam input is just a standard 3.5mm 4 pole female jack. you have to manually select the channel to display it on screen unless you connect the reverse circuit to the unit wiring for auto display [ Laura  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Yes there is. [ DANIEL  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    There is a backup camera input for this unit. I don't have one so I can't tell you about the UI [ James  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Yes, this has camera input. A cheap $20 license plate version works great! Installed camera will trigger the screen on automatically when in reverse, and can also be configured to turn on/off at anytime by press/hold the voice/tel button. [ ROB  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Yes there is an input for a back up camera located on the back of the receiver. [ CHRISTOPHER  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Yes there is an input for a back up camera located on the back of the receiver. [ CHRISTOPHER  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Yes there's even a setting where you can push a button while your driving for it to turn on while your driving. [ JOSH  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Thanks for the fast reply! I had a Pioneer hu a while back but it was just a fancy "dock" I've been looking at this unit for some time trying to decide on it. [ Kevin  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    i connected an aftermarket backup camera to the unit easily. nothing special was needed [ RICHARD  Oct 21, 2014 ]
    Your options for nav are only limited by what apps you can get for your iPhone. That having been said, the only ones you can control via the touch screen (as far as I know) are Waze and Garmin StreetPilot. Waze is free and seems to work pretty well for me, Garmin is 49.99 for the app and another 49.99 for the 'Vehicle Display Integration" and I have not used it. Both Waze and Garmin will need a cable to connect. I have mine set up with the HDMI to Lightning adapter from Apple and it works fine. If you don't mind having your directions read aloud instead of displayed on the screen you can also use the Maps App that comes with the phone. That can be done with BlueTooth , USB or the HDMI/Lightning cable. The directions will display on the phone screen and the audio will come over the stereo. Most of the time thats what I use, the directions are clear and give you enough advance warning so that you're not trying to exit the freeway from the fast lane at the last second. [ nick  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    KAREN, I have an IPHONE 5 and this is what you need: Apple lightning Digital AV Adapter-$49.99 here. Apple lighning to USB-came with your phone HDMI to HDMI Digital Adapter The HDMI plugs into the radio then the Digital adapter, the Digital adaper to your phone, usb to radio, lighning to Digital adapter NOTE: The Digital adapter combines hdmi and apple lighning! [ Richard  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    You will have to connect with the iphone cable, yes. There is a native navigation app you can purchase but if you want, you can use the video function where anything thats on the iphone screen will show on the head unit screen. [ Alexandra  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes, navigation can only be used by mirroring your phones display using a cable to head unit. [ Nathan  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    I have not been able to figure it out not using an hdmi cable yet. It gives you the option for Bluetooth app connection but while say no video input. [ Chris  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Robert- I installed this into my 2007 Ford Explorer. I have an iPhone, thus I didn't use the HDMI to Android connector. I did however, hook an HDMI cable into the equivalent Apple adaptor. Bottom line - you don't have to buy the Kenwood cable. **I will caution you, though, the clearance for the HDMI male end into the receiver is VERY TIGHT. If you try an oddly shaped HDMI cable or one with an oversized-head (like Rocketfish brand), you won't be able to fit. Look for a standard slim sized HDMI cable and you will be fine. [ JASON  Sep 04, 2014 ]
    It probably doesn't have to be a Kenwood brand cable. You need a micro usb to HDMI MHL cable to mirror from an android device, [ Michael  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    Robert Any HDMI cable made for your phone will work. Just has to have HDMI on one end and your phone connection on the other. Word of caution, you get what you pay for. If you have to replace the cable you will need to remove the stereo again.... [ Joseph  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    Hi Robert, Full disclosure: I'm also a Crutchfield employee, I just happen to have purchased this radio and got the email to answer your question. When I bought the stereo, I bought a generic HDMI cable to go with it. While it worked, it didn't work consistently. I found myself pulling the stereo out to re-seat the cable quite frequently. Once at a gas station about five hours into a ten hour trip. Fortunately my car is really easy to get the stereo out, but in other vehicles it would be a serious pain. While other cables may work, the Kenwood cable is designed to plug in and stay plugged in thanks to the little retention device that comes with the stereo. It might work with other, generic cables, but did not work with the one I bought. [ JASON  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    Picked up a $6 shipped cable online that works great. MHL Micro USB Male to HDMI Female Adapter Cable for Galaxy S2 i9000 HTC [ ROB  Sep 01, 2014 ]
    I know this is late.....but it does wash out in direct sunlight. I think it looks much worse if you wear sunglasses. The only thing I could recommend is changing your settings. I have only noticed it being annoying rarely. Not sure if there is a perfect touchscreen that doesn't wash out in these conditions. [ Marshall  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    It could be better, but overall I don't have too much of an issue with glare. You can mitigate the effect a little by using a solid, dark color for the customizable background image. If you can step up to one of the models that has a tilting screen (7901 or 8901) I'd suggest you go that route. I opted for the 5901 despite that limitation because it cost less (hence within my budget) than the 8901 with identical specs other than the screen.That said, the icons are all plenty large enough and easily visible. The only thing I sometimes have a problem with is reading the currently playing track info (title, artist, album). However, when browsing the various menus or searching my iPod the listings are all boxed well to help them stand out and make them more readable. Same goes for radio station listings.Aside from that I had minor issues using a USB flash drive - it would hit a track it didn't like and just reboot the H/U. Now that I have my iPod hooked up it's a lot more stable since the decoding happens on the iPod rather than in the H/U.The Bluetooth works great and will stream music if your device supports it.Overall I'm really happy with the purchase [ Charles  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    I had a Dx470 before and this one seems to have a little more glare. I feel like you're going experience a measure of glare with anything on a bright sunny day. I try not to be too picky on that. I know it improves when I lift my sunglasses and look at it, funny enough. Hope this helps. [ JIMMY  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    I have not seen any glare even with the sunroof open, but I also have tints all around so maybe that plays a factor? [ Christopher  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    Glare is an issue with mine. I'm looking at possibly getting some anti-glare/privacy film that is used on laptop screens, and cut it to fit this screen. It needs a protective film anyways. [ jeremy  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    I have had no problem [ Paul  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    It's not too bad, screen is perfectly visible in daylight. Haven't had too many times when direct sunlight washed out the screen completely, but if you get the right angle I'm sure any screen of this type will wash out regardless of manufacturer. You wont be able to watch a horror movie in your car with the sun shining directly on the screen, but that being said I do not have any complaints about this issue with the DDX5901HD. [ Laura  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    Pretty much you don't see what is on the screen when the sun gets direct to it. Doesn't bothers me because I don't switch stations all the time. For a GPS unit. Yes. This will be a big problem. Hope this helps to take your decision. The love the unit and all the features. [ ANDRES  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    It really washes out in my car in the middle of the day. If my dash wasn't angled back as much it'd probably be better. Another reviewer said he was trying to recess the head unit a little further into the dash. I can live with it, but if I am driving in the afternoon, I'm more likely to pull up an audio app on my phone and just hit apps on the head unit. Morning is fine. Drive home is fine, and it looks amazing at night. [ Michael  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    I've had this installed for only about 2 weeks so far and yes, it definitely does wash out in sunlight. I haven't had a chance to play around with any settings yet to see if I can make it better. For the features and price it's not a deal breaker for me though. I would still buy it again [ Brian  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    Daniel C - are you able to use the navigation while listening to audio on your I phone (ie: from pandora) since when normally using the maps applicTion you are able to so that on your phone. Let me know if you can!! Thanks for the response. [ ItaiG  Jun 02, 2014 ]
    I've had this unit for about 3 weeks installed in a Nissan Xterra. Regarding the glare question, I haven't had any issue with the display washing out due to sunlight/glare. The display is bright enough to push through any glare that I've encountered. I hope this helps. [ Thomas  Jun 02, 2014 ]
    I have not had any issue with sunlight glare on the screen. I have had issues with the applications feature in this unit. I was told that I did not need the navigation feature instead I could use my iPhone maps application. But unfortunately trying to use this application is a real hassle because when using the application you cannot do anything else on the unit like simply listen to music [ Daniel  Jun 02, 2014 ]
    This is not the unit for you then. My only complaint about this unit is exactly what you're looking to avoid. Doesn't do well in direct sunlight. Looks awesome when it's darker though. [ Jack  Jun 02, 2014 ]
    I enjoy pretty much everything about this unit EXCEPT the glare. I live a fairly sunny location and it can be annoying at times, but not so much that I wouldn't recommend the unit. I have no baseline comparison, as this is my first double DIN. If low to medium glare in bright light is objectionable to you, then consider another unit. The sound and quality are awesome and it looks sharp at night. (I have a 2007 Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer) [ JASON  Jun 02, 2014 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 14, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you use via HDMI....all. I wasn't able to use apps yet on my Nexus 5 other than the kenwood smartphone app. I can however stream all music apps and it picks up the info as well. If you do the HDMI with Bluetooth, you get everything including album art and more program functionality. I use Google maps via HDMI also. And if my Nexus 5 works....most if not all androids should work since this model wasn't really to be compatible. Maybe not all will be set up the same. Bottom line....research the headunit model and your phone online. I found useful tips on setting mine up that way. [ Marshall  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your Android device. They will be able to talk through connection options, and the compatible apps with you. [ Jeff  Apr 10, 2014 ]  Staff
    Luke - Just got my phone working with the unit. Great bluetooth phone device for calls, etc. You need to get 1 $30 cable and a $2X S4 specific adapter for the S4 to work in a wired mode. Pandora works via bluetooth. A limited number of Apps including WASE are available via cable connection with the ability to "touch screen" control the App running on the phone. Unit will not play a radio station while an App is running on the unit screen - it's 1 or the other. [ michael  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    Bluetooth. Works well [ TROY L  Apr 06, 2014 ]
    You can connect it via usb or bluetooth. Both work well. [ Brian  Apr 06, 2014 ]