Touchscreen & Remote Control
iPhone Integration w/ CarPlay
Android Integration w/ Android Auto
Disc & USB Playback
Audio & DSP Section
AV + OEM Connectivity
Touchscreen & Remote Control
6.95" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S
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
- Aspect Ratio & Picture Adjustment: 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). You can also adjust the unit's display
brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your
viewing needs during video playback.
- Custom Top Menu & Background Images: You can customize the Top
Menu by rearranging the icons and moving the icons you use most to the front
page. You can even download a still
image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB
- 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 Power/Menu button turns the unit off completely.
Note: To prevent the display of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear chassis) must
be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view
video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view
video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply
display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion
(parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu
screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as
Apps Mode, CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
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.
Remote Control: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S offers
compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and
is compatible with Kenwood's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for
- 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 DVD head unit.
The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The
remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the
front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to
protect the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S against theft. Turning this function "On" allows
the security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash
when your vehicle's ignition is off.
2-DIN Chassis: The DDX9902S 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 Excelon DDX9902S 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 Excelon DDX9902S. 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 Excelon DDX9902S 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. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech
capability, the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S provides more natural sound quality and details
during wireless calls. The The touchscreen controls of the DDX9902S 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 DDX9902S, 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.
- Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 5 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed
from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded
phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
DDX9902S. 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): The Kenwood DDX9902S
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information
display and support for AAC or aptX lossless music streaming.
- Stored Music & Music Apps: You are able to stream your
stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music
apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood DDX9902S for playback.
- AAC & aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DDX9902S offers support for AAC and
aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android
devices. By supporting AAC, the DDX9902S offers better audio performance of
the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. aptX audio coding
technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality
streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android
smartphones with OS 4.0+.
- Basic Playback Control: You can use the front-panel
controls of the DDX9902S to operate basic playback functions of your Bluetooth
device's stored music & music apps; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous,
Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat (not compatible with all apps).
Advanced music control of your stored music and music apps will still need
be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
- Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also
display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so
you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected
to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S 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 DDX9902S and its microphone. You can
even ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri.
The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth
audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the
Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone
iPhone Integration w/ CarPlay
Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is integrated into
this Kenwood DVD receiver. Apple CarPlay is compatible with Apple iPhone with
Lightning-connector (iOS 7.1+). Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood
receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's
Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103
sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially
designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's
- Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to
your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions,
and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a
favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by
simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to
go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
- Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return
missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Kenwood receiver. Siri
can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and
reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your
iPhone while driving.
- Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists,
and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen.
Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen
will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the
- Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that
you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying podcasts, music, and radio.
Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your
iPhone. Current supported apps include Pandora,
TuneIn, and Podcasts (more supported Apps coming soon).
iPod Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S 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 DDX9902S offers
audio/video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models (video can only be
displayed while the vehicle is in park).
- Lightning Connector: IIf you have a newer iPod/iPhone
with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning
connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103
sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple
device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood
DDX9902S 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
DDX9902S, 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.
- 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 Excelon DDX9902S. 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
DDX9902S. 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 DDX9902S.
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 Excelon DDX9902S 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 DDX9902S 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 (via HDMI):
Apps mode allows the Kenwood head unit to mirror the display of your
HDMI-connected & Bluetooth-paired iPhone (iOS 7+) device.
You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video
from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your iPhone iOS
device through the Kenwood receiver. Mirroring of your mobile device does not
require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged, but control over your
device may require that the parking brake is set (this will depend on the
selected app). Mirroring of your device will not always appear in full-screen on
the Kenwood unit's touchscreen display.
- iPhone Connectivity: Connection method is based on your
type of iPhone. If you have a newer iPhone with the
Lightning connector, you will need Apple's
Lightning Digital AV adapter and
Lightning-to-USB cable; if you have an older 30-pin iPhone 4/4S, you'll
30-pin digital AV adapter and Kenwood's
KCA-IP102 iPod cable (all sold separately). In addition, for both types
of iPhones, you will need 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
- Operation & Controls: Your
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. Apps Mode also provides basic playback control (Pay/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next
Track) of select music and video apps from the head unit's touchscreen. These operations can all be done with or without your vehicle's
parking brake engaged. All other control will need to be done from your
Note: Access to your iPhone'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 Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S
is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone
model features (as of 10/3/2015):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Specific Apps || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || CarPlay || Apps Mode || Aupeo || Pandora || iHeart || Album Art || Song/Artist || Track Info || Phone || Audio || Siri |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4S || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+/6S/6S+ || 9.0.2 || Y || 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 || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 5th/6th || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || 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 || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 2 || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 3/4 || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| Air 1/2 || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| mini 1/2/3/4 || 9.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain
functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer
software update is available.
Android Integration w/ Android
Android Auto: The Kenwood DVD receiver supports the
Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer).
Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver's
USB port via the microUSB-to-USB cable that came with your smartphone, plus be
paired via Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in
a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful
information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that
appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you
can stay focused on the road ahead. Learn more at
support.google.com/androidauto and to see what phones are compatible.
Features of Android Auto include:
- Google Speech Technology: The Kenwood DVD receiver
enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google's
Speech Technology using the head unit's external microphone and your car
speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android
Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will
need to press the on-screen "mic" icon to activate Google Speech.
- Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with
on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane
guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's
touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic
and Google Speech Technology.
- Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your
contacts and messages through the Kenwood receiver while keeping your eyes
on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to
make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you
concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice
- Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the
Kenwood receiver via
Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your
smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the
receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to
listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology.
You also get access to online music and radio stations from
iHeart Radio, &
Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist
information and album art or station logo.
Note: The Samsung Galaxy S5 from Sprint and Verizon are
currently not supported by Android Auto. Google and Samsung are working
together to correct this compatibility issue.
Apps Mode for Android (via HDMI/MHL):
Apps mode allows the Kenwood head unit to mirror the display of your
HDMI-connected & Bluetooth-paired Android (OS 4.1+) device. You'll be able to
listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies
and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your Android smartphone through the
Kenwood receiver. Mirroring of your mobile device does not require that your
vehicle's parking brake be engaged, but control over your device may require
that the parking brake is set (this will depend on the selected app). Mirroring
of your device will not always appear in full-screen on the Kenwood unit's
- Smartphone 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 onto your smartphone.
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, Samsung Note II/III/IV, Sony Xperia Z-series, LG Optimus,
and HTC One Max (all with OS 4.1+). The listed Samsung phones will require an
additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately).
here for a list of all compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
- Operation & Controls:
You can control your Android device from the head unit's touchscreen
similar to how you would from the smartphone, as long as your vehicle's
parking brake is engaged. Specific apps on your
Android phone like
TuneIn Radio, &
Kenwood Music Control can be controlled from the Kenwood receiver
without the parking brake engaged. These specific apps will show up on the
head unit's touchscreen as large icons for easy selection.
Note: Access to your 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 apps are guaranteed to be
Optional Miracast Dongle (for Android): Miracast is a
"screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the
display from your compatible Android 4.2+ device (with support for Miracast)
to the Kenwood DDX9902S's touchscreen LCD (requires Kenwood's KCA-WL100 Miracast
dongle; sold separately). This allows the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S to wirelessly
mirror your compatible Android smartphone just like the HDMI hardwire connection.
The KCA-WL100 Mircast module plugs directly into the head unit's HDMI input.
HD Radio: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive
digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio
significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound.
AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (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 DDX9902S to search only HD Radio stations. In
addition, you can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the
frequency number using optional remote control (sold separately).
- Tuner Presets: The DDX9902S'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, Album Art, & 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
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: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S allows you to
Aupeo! online music
services through your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected
iPhone (7.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Blueooth-connected
Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone can be connected to the
DDX9902S via the Kenwood KCA-iP102/103 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 Excelon DDX9902S. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G,
EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora App: The free
Pandora App (from
Apple's App Store or
Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service
through the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS
7.0+); as well as your
Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone.
The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S 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: The free
iHeartRadio Auto app for Kenwood (from
Apple's App Store or
Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service
through the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or
HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 7.0+); as well as your
Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (4.0+). 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 DDX9902S 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.
- Aupeo! Internet Radio: You can listen to music from the
Aupeo! online radio service through the Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S by downloading the
Aupeo! app (form
Apple's App Store or
Google Play) onto your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS
7.0+) or your
Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (4.0+). From
the Kenwood receiver, you can search for stations by Category, "Love" or
"Ban" songs, Play/Pause music, or Skip to the next song. Song/artist
information and Album Art will be displayed on the head unit's touchscreen
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 DDX9902S is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready and
compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXXV300,
sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM
programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out
the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages
Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel List w/ Category Search + Direct Search: A
channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search
function searches for channels in a certain category. You can also tune
directly to a station or channel by entering the desired frequency or
channel number, using the optional remote control (sold separately).
- Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information
such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, & Album Art can
be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- 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 &
- 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.
- Content, Traffic, Weather, & Sports: When a broadcast
program related to the registered artist, song, team, or city starts, a
message appears to allow you to switch the current channel to the relevant
channels. You can also tune in and listen quickly to information pertaining
to weather and traffic from a particular city you have specified. In
addition, you can be alerted when your
- 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
Disc & USB Playback
Compatible Discs: The Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor
electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood DDX9902S 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
- Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert
a disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
- Parental Control (DVD only): Parental Control allows
you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can
select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit
USB Port: The Kenwood DDX9902S 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) 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 DDX9902S also supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, and
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.
Note: This head unit's USB port does not support newer MTP
and AOA enabled Android smartphones including HoneyComb, Ice Cream Sandwich,
Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and newer.
File Compatibility: The Kenwood DDX9902S 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) || Flash (USB MSC) |
| 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 48-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies
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 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies
AAC: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 16-48kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of
FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of
| Video ||MPEG-1/2: 320×240 - 720×480, or 320×288 - 720×576 ||MPEG-1/2/4:
352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 |
H.264/WMV: 1280x720 @ 30fps
| Photo ||N/A ||JPEG/PNG/BMP:
32x32 - 2000x2000 |
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||254 folders/64,770 files (255
files per folder) ||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, and AAC-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.
USB Search Functions: The Kenwood DDX9902S 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.
Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is
updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware
downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices
and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a
USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB
port and uploaded. Go to
Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.
Audio & DSP Section
Excelon Series: The DDX9902S 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 Excelon DDX9902S utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal-to-Noise
ratio up to 94dB.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S 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
DDX9902S 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: The DDX9902S features
front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker
preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is
Sound Excellence 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, 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 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 220 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per
octave (or select Full-Range).
- Sub Control: You can adjust the subwoofer output's
Phase (0° or 180°) and Level (-50to +10dB).
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP
Equalizer: The Kenwood DDX9902S offers 10 preset EQ for easy
adjustment, a 7-band EQ for greater customization, and a Drive EQ to overcome
- Preset EQ: The DDX9902S offers 10 preset EQs for easy
adjustment. 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).
- 7-Band EQ: A 7-band graphic EQ provides fine-tuning
adjustment. The User mode's 7-band equalizer consists of 62.5Hz, 160Hz,
400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 6.3khz, & 16kHz frequencies which can be adjusted from
-9 to +9dB.
- Drive EQ: Drive EQ+ boosts specific frequencies in the
audio signal to compensate the negative impact of road noise. The bass is
enhanced according to the vehicle speed to compensate for the loss due to
noise from the road.
Note: Separate EQ settings and EQ presets are stored for
each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).
Volume Level & Bass Management: The DVD receiver
offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your
sources. The DDX9902S also provides bass management to get the most impact out
of your system.
- Volume Offset: The level of each source may be
independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when
switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8
- 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
- Bass Boost & DC Extension: The DDX9902S features a
four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
When "Bass DC Extension is turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set
the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Key Beep: The in-dash DVD head unit provides an
audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AV + OEM Connectivity
Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood DDX9902S DVD receiver is
fitted with two rear-panel audio/video inputs. 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 optional Kenwood AV cable (113CAC3AV,
sold separately) provides composite video/stereo RCA audio inputs. 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
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
(113CMOS230, sold separately). By connecting a rear view camera, you can use the in-dash
receiver's touchscreen LCD to see what's behind you when backing up.
- Auto Switching: The video from this connection can be set to
display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video
automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white
wire (attached to rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse
lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes
approximately 1.1 seconds.
- Parking Guide Lines: When a rear-view camera is connected and you
are viewing a rear view image, parking guide lines appear on-screen making
parking easy and safer.
Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a
back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In
addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure
everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood head unit features a
built-in GPS receiver and comes with a GPS antenna to enhance the performance of
the unit's navigation apps from CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Apps Mode.
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.