Disc & USB Playback
HD + Internet + SiriusXM Radio
6.95" Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DDX8901HD
features a motorized 6.95" 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. The monitor electronically
slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The bottom of the touchscreen
monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best
visibility in your vehicle (you can save any one of these positions to the head
- 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
- 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
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 bottom edge of the screen. You can adjust the head
unit's button illumination, as well as display background color from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky
Blue, 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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
- 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 DDX8901HD. Visit
Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone):
With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone
to the Kenwood DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD, 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
DDX8901HD. 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
- 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 DDX8901HD supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth
enabled audio player or smartphone. The DDX8901HD even employs AptX audio coding
technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible
phones (like some Androids). The DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone
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 Kenwood DDX8901HD's touchscreen
monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs.
The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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
USB Port: The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
AAC: 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
AAC: 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
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 DDX8901HD 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.
iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD. 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
DDX8901HD. 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 DDX8901HD.
- 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
DDX8901HD 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
DDX8901HD, 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
iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback,
the Kenwood DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
- 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 also 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 DDX8901HD also supports the Waze navigation
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 w/ 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 DDX8901HD'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
w/ 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 DDX8901HD'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 DDX8901HD may not
Note: KThe 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 DDX8901HD 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 |
| nano |
| 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 |
- *Requires Apple's
Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter (sold separately), a
Lightning-to-USB cable (sold separately), and a mobile-grade HDMI
cable (sold separately).
- ***Requires Apple's
Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter (sold separately), a
Lightning-to-USB cable (sold separately), a mobile-grade HDMI cable
(sold separately), the
Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app ($49.99), and the Vehicle Display
Integration in-app option ($49.99).
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results.
If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head
unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work,
you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
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
- 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD'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 HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone & Android): The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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
DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD. 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
- 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
- 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
Excelon Series: The DDX8901HD 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
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD 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
Equalizer: The DDX8901HD 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 DDX8901HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC
Extension, and Loudness.
- Bass Boost: The DDX8901HD 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
- 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
- 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
Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an
audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.
Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood DDX8901HD 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
serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood
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
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-230
(113CMOS230, 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 Integration: This Kenwood DVD receiver is compatible
with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR,
sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket
Kenwood receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that
feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory
OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, and select
Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory
radio for this aftermarket Kenwood head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync
system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel
controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also
get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned
to that particular vehicle). 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
Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable,
which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestor RR interface module
with the correct firmware from
website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll
also need a
vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Kenwood receiver's OEM
Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory
system before initial operation.
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
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.