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No matter what your source, Kenwood's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter sends a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers. And you can fine-tune your sound using the 3-band EQ and its six preset tone settings.

Turn-by-turn directions, plus superior sound

Kenwood's DNX6140 DVD/navigation receiver gives you turn-by-turn directions from its built-in Garmin navigation system, plus the convenience of built-in Bluetooth® for safer hands-free calling. Watch movies on its vibrant 6.1" screen while you're parked, and breeze through menus and navigation functions with its intuitive touchscreen controls when you're on the road.

Kenwood DNX6140

Built-in Garmin navigation

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As you approach your next turn, the built-in Garmin navigation system announces the street name, letting you keep your eyes on the road. You can find nearby attractions and services from the millions of points of interest. Whether you're taking a trip to a new area or just driving around town, you'll have a wealth of information right at your fingertips.

Bluetooth from Parrot

Parrot is a leader in Bluetooth technology, and they've teamed up with Kenwood to bring you hands-free calling and music streaming in the DNX6140. When a call comes in to your compatible phone, your music mutes and caller ID info shows up on the screen. With a tap of your finger, you'll hear your caller over your vehicle's speakers. You'll talk through the included visor-mount microphone, as you keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. And as an added bonus, you can stream music from any compatible Bluetooth device.

Great-sounding music

The powerful internal amplifier delivers great sound from all your music sources. Load your MP3, WMA, and AAC files on a CD or DVD, and you'll have a nearly endless supply of fresh driving music. A handy USB slot lets you hook up a thumb drive or a USB-equipped MP3 player. If you add an optional cable, you can connect your iPod® or iPhone™ and control it right on the touchscreen.

No matter what your source, Kenwood's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter sends a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers. And you can fine-tune your sound using the 3-band EQ and its six preset tone settings.

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Build a system

Add a Kenwood satellite radio tuner to tap into the huge variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music it provides. With Kenwood's optional HD Radio™ tuner, you'll get the enhanced digital sound quality and additional programming choices HD Radio has to offer.

If you're looking to add amps and subs, you'll love the two sets of preamp outputs. You can switch the rear output to non-fading mode, which activates a low-pass crossover and a sub level control.

Bluetooth note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Hands-on Research for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD/CD player with internal amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in memory for navigation with maps of Canada, USA, and Puerto Rico
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA/AAC files on disc
    • plays JPEGs on CD, DVD, or USB
    • 3-band EQ with six preset tone curves
    • Dolby® Pro Logic II
    • works with with Kenwood iPod adapter, HD Radio™ tuner, and satellite radio
    • inputs: USB input, front-panel A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output; 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear) — rear output is switchable to subwoofer
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Magnetic base GPS antenna with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector
    • Self-adhesive magnetic plate
    • Bluetooth microphone with attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Cable clamp
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • GPS Navigation Manual (English)
    • GPS Navigation Manual (Spa/Fre)
    • Installation manual (Eng/Span/Fre)
    • Warranty card
    • "Regarding the Wiring Harness" note

    Featured Video:

    OUTSTANDING RADIO I love it the nav is right on point the only thing I dont like about it is that it take to long to come on. The CD player dont show all the song titles (so what) but if you use the i pod adapter you'll have no problem. With the blue tooth you can text from the radio



    Kenwood DNX6140 Reviews

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    (15 Reviews)

    Awesomeness in a double Din package

    Anonymous from Michigan on 1/20/2010

    2004 Buick Rendezvous
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this system on Sunday and am still finding more things to adjust. Lets start from the top, the one thing I love about this deck is the real volume control knob, I like the control you get with a knob better, also there are 3 side push buttons for click and go of the main features (NAVIGATE, SCREEN and FUNC) which get you to the things you need quickly, start up time on this system is pretty fast, it is ready in about 30-40 seconds, the display is very nice crisp and clean, I connected a 40 Gig external drive to it with a lot of music and now I have instant access to a MEGA Music store, GPS navigation is very quick, screen redraws are almost instantly, DVD , well that is awesome as well, while playing a DVD just touch the screen and navigate the on screen menus to skip chapters, press it again they disappear, the main selection screen is well thought out and easy to navigate, to get to any functions of this deck, just press the side SRC button and you are at the main screen, Now for the amplifier section, 22 Watts RMS, 50 Max, well lets just say it is exactly what you would expect from a high end unit like this, it sounds like I have one of my Carver amps hooked to it, I think I could smell the Voice coils in my speakers burning, Very nice. Guess ill be buying some new speakers soon. So for the BIG picture, Awesome. Thanks Crutchfield Staff, you have found new long time customer.



    Great Unit, great job Crutchfield

    gzeboman from Albuquerque on 1/15/2010

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There are no complaints from me. This unit is incredible. First of all Garmin is the best navigation system, period (i have used many). The menu access is typical to most electronics today. You have to READ the manual before you start navigating around the menus. Once you have an understanding, it's a breeze. I have a 1st generation Ipod which won't work. I have done the research and knew this and are planning on purchasing a new Ipod. Bluetooth is perfect. I drive a HD Long-bed crew cab and the back up camera is a god send. I use my truck for business and is a great safety tool that all commercial vehicles should have. No more worries about running over people while backing up! The Crutchfield support team and even sales are undeniably the best. Plan a full day for installation and take your time! Do the job right by soldering, shrink tubing and zip tying wires and neatly tuck away. All will think it was professionally done. Basic wiring skills help, but if you read the installation instructions thoroughly, you'll have no problems installing this unit. Once again, thanks Crutchfield.



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    john from TEXAS on 12/31/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second kenwood that I have had problems with in just one year. The first one crutchfield took good care of me and replaced the unit within three days as for the second one I have to pull out and ship to a repair center and who knows how long I will have to ride around with out the stereo. Due to the problems that I have had with the kenwood system I would not recomend buying this brand i know this will be the last one I buy.when it works its great! But just wait it will break on you.I just wish crutchfield could have done more for me. I am dissatified at this point.



    Hope you don't like iPods!

    MDK210 from Hampton, VA on 9/6/2009

    Vehicle: 2001 Mustang Cobra. I have been a Pioneer guy for awhile but after I installed a F-90BT in my 08 F150 even with the new firmware update it was still sluggish. So I thought I would give the 6140 a shot in my other vehicle. Garmin is user friendly but compared with the Pioneer TeleAtlas maps route times were about the same, also the Pioneer had more options to choose from when getting specific like highway, u-turns, etc... Searching was easier in the F90 as well when you just know the name of the place, too many button presses to get where you want in the 6140 it seemed. Bluetooth works good in both units on my Wifes iPhone and my AT&T Tilt. 6140 doesn't have SDcard upfront like the Pioneer and the F90 was WAY cheaper! My biggest issue was iPod functionality. The F90 is awesome with iPod control and no iTunes library modification was necessary. The 6140 however took me back to the issues of my old Pioneer D3 which doesn't read the iPod correctly thus you have to change the artist name to #-Z that way you don't spend hours looking through all the artist and this helps you narrow it down. Once you find the artist then you would have had to renamed the album in you library as well. Looks like this! A; Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies; songs...Nobody seems to have mentioned this when its the worst feature!



    Best of the Best

    rwalchli from Oakland, Michigan on 8/28/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been using the 6140 for about two months now in my 2003 Chevy Tahoe and all I can say is, perfect. Kenwood is using Garmin navigation (best of the best) and the navigation screens are fairly configurable so you can select what information appears on the right side of the screen. The Bluetooth phone system works perfectly, it paired up with my LG Dare (Verizon) right away and the audio quality is expectable as is the user interface. The only negative I have is the mic cable could have been just a bit longer. This would have allowed me to place the mic right next to the OnStar mic on the overhead console. My Tahoe has the factory Bose audio system and the 6140 woke up the Bose sub-woofer, wow, does it sound nice, even at low volumes there is ample bass. The most significant feature for me is the iPod interface. I had an older Kenwood system and the iPod interface was just about worthless. Not the case here, I can easily navigate play list, artist, and videos on my iPod. Installation went very well, no problems at all. I used the Metra GM LAN interface so the installation was almost a plug and play. The only issue I have is getting the unit to dim. I wired the dimmer wire from the 6140 to the Metra interface but when the vehicle lights go on, no dimming. I selected this model because it had the traditional volume control knob. In my opinion and based on the features of this unit I use, you can go wrong with this choice.



    simple features missing

    chris from California on 8/25/2009

    For a premier unit boasting so much technology it is missing some basic fundamentals. First the album art only works with an iPod. No CD, NO USB. Second- the power antenna lead activates whenever the unit is turned on. No matter what source, (CD, USB, IPOD- DVD etc.) the antenna goes up. I will need to install a small switch somewhere as I listen to the radio about 5% of the time. Third- the automatic dimmer (night -day) is preset to one value and it is not great enough. To make it viewable in the day it is too bright at night. To access the dimmer feature requires digging through the menus. Fourth- when playing a CD the song list is not available like you would see in I tunes or windows media player. Only the current song playing is listed. Fifth- I added the Navigation with the card reader do I could install Mexico maps. While the SD card for Mexico is in, the preloaded maps for the USA are not usable. This means the cars reader cannot be installed in a hidden place as I need to remove the SD card each crossing of the border. I have only had the unit for a few days and these are the first things I have noticed. After reading the manual over and over I called Kenwood tech dept. and found out that there is no correcting these items. Maybe it will not mean much to others but I thought I would share.



    Great Buy

    Anonymous from Collinsville, MS on 8/5/2009

    2003 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the Kenwood DNX6140 for about 2 weeks now and it is awesome. I installed the unit in my 2003 Chevy Suburban with no problem. The detailed instructions that Crutchfield provide are great. I didn't get the chance to get the rear view camera because they were out of stock for the free one that comes with the unit. The Navigation is excellent! It gave me better directions to commute back and forth to different locations and home. Very Good Buy!



    Great Receiver

    dwayler from Madison, Indiana on 7/23/2009

    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the Kenwood NX6140 installed for about 2 weeks now. I have been very pleased in the quality of sound, quality of the picture from the camera and DVD. The ipod and Satelite radio make great additions to the system. The Bluetooth is a great feature and works well. I would recommend this Receiver to anyone looking for Navagation, DVD, Satelite, Bluetooth and more receiver.



    Good unit, bad bluetooth

    Samir from Medford, MA on 5/16/2009

    2009 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit because of Kenwood's fantastic reputation for multi-function car stereo systems. Overall, the unit is probably one of the best systems I have used for radio, ipod, and overall sound quality. The bluetooth, however is terrible -- Crutchfield replaced the unit, but I had no success with getting it to work. Sometimes people can hear me, other times they have a terrible echo. There is even a delay in when they finish saying something and when they hear me respond. Overall, I have spent a few phone calls with Kenwood, who like the person before me, suggested I upgrade to the 1.7 firmware (which the system ships with). I would NOT recommend this unit unless you are OK with the bluetooth not working.




    keithinphoenix from Phoenix, AZ on 5/12/2009

    2004 Lincoln Aviator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace the Pioneer AVIC F90BT, which I purchased only because my local stereo installer raved about it. I went back to the stereo shop the same the day the Pioneer was installed because nothing worked properly - it was a complete piece of junk. I promptly ordered this Kenwood from Crutchfield and have absolutely loved it! Unlike the Pioneer that took a couple of minutes to "boot up", my Kenwood unit powers on immediately when I start the car. The bluetooth connectivity works without fail, even with my older Treo 700p, and transferring my phone book to the Kenwood was simple. The IPod compatibility is flawless as is using just a simple thumb drive with stored music. The navigation system is user friendly and straightforward. The unit's sound is amazing too; a huge improvement over the Lincoln Aviator factory system I replaced. I cannot say enough good things about this unit!!



    6140 Reasons To Love This DD Head Unit

    TOMN8R from Springfield, MA on 5/9/2009

    My new 6140 installed without a lot of fuss and worked perfectly from the first power-up. Navigation is a breeze, the Garmin GPS is even better than my Nuvi. Bluetooth pairing with my iPhone was easy, my Contacts list imported without difficulty and presets were quick. Answering / hanging up calls are no problem with large on-screen icons, audio is OK. I'm connecting my iPhone with a Kenwood 301V adapter that charges and imports all of my music (including album art!!), it also connected perfectly with my son's iPod Video (and charged it, too). Sound quality is amazing, clear at all levels and the on-screen controls are great! A couple of other observations, the ability to adjust the lighting color is great - it matches my dash lighting perfectly. Also, changing the background wallpaper is fun, a resolution of 510x270 works best (you can make your own backgrounds in MS Paint and import them via a USB stick!!). Tech Notes: I converted my stock '07 Charger SE to a Dodge 2D Nav bezel and a dash kit - it looks like OEM but better. The supporting cast includes two Boston Acoustics G310-4 subs, 4 Polk MM691 6x9s and two Kenwood amps (8404 for the Polks, and 8104D for the BA subs). The GPS receiver was mounted under the dash with no signal loss and the hands-free microphone is mounted behind the driver's visor at the windshield edge.



    Kenwood DNX6140

    Chris from Coconut Creek, FL on 5/4/2009

    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit as a graduation gift for my daughter. I have never attempted to install any car audio prior to this and I was a bit worried that I was going to be over my head. Crutchfield provided almost all of the information I needed and I was able to install the unit in an afternoon. Don't be afraid to tackle it yourself. I also purchased the Sirius radio tuner, IPOD connection cable and PAC VW wiring harness with the unit. The unit works very well and has many great features. I found the quality of the bluetooth to be to be dependant on the phone you are using. My daughter's Samsung phone doesn't work very well but my Motorola works fine. Check the Kenwood site for phone compatibility if you are concerned. The navigation is quite fast and accurate. The only real negative I can think of is the start up time, other than that I am very pleased. I would definitely recommended the unit to a friend.



    Kenwood DNX6140

    NEIMIS from LOS ANGELES, CA on 4/24/2009

    OUTSTANDING RADIO I love it the nav is right on point the only thing I dont like about it is that it take to long to come on. The CD player dont show all the song titles (so what) but if you use the i pod adapter you'll have no problem. With the blue tooth you can text from the radio



    Misses the mark almost completely!

    SamuraiBigEd from San Antonio, TX on 4/11/2009

    The bluetooth is absolute garbage, dropping the connection after almost every call forcing you to manually reconnect and the sound quality is horrible at the other end, you sound like you are calling from a tin can to the other party and if you have the volume high enough to hear them, the caller gets a bad echo. This is not isolated to my phone, every one I have tried so far does the same thing. Kenwood customer support is telling me I probably need a firmware update, only problem is the 6140 ships with the latest, v1.7, which you would think they should know! My business partner has the same phone and an older Kenwood and has no problems whatsoever, explain that one. The lack of XM Navtraffic is a big disappointment as well. You are forced to use an FM RDS receiver with a goofy wire antenna that suction cup mounts to your windshield. After paying this much, I expect something that is aesthetically appealing! Why not offer one of the units that attaches inline with the vehicles existing FM antenna, they are from the same Garmin product line. I will be returning this product if Kenwood does not make things right!



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    nicholas from Jacksonville, NC on 2/5/2009

    2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I preordered the Kenwood DNX6140 back in January and could not wait til Crutchfield got their first shipment in!!! It is everything I wanted all in one!!! I love it to death and wouldn't trade it for anything!!! My first in dash navi was an alpine w505 and I highly despise the alpines now. The kenwood is flawless!!! There's nothing better out there!!! The bluetooth features are awesome and the technology for the iPod is the fastest I've seen!!!




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input 1
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Display Features
    Built-In Navigation
    DVD/CD Playback
    AM/FM Tuner
    External Device Controls
    Audio Section

    Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX6140 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. Unlike many in-dash monitors, there is no hideaway box; all the inputs and outputs are included within the unit's chassis. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DNX6140 features a 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 480 x 234 with 336,960 total pixels (480H x 234V x RGB). This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.

    Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the following screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB and Rear-camera playback.

    • Normal: displays 16:9 widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3 (conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side
    • Full: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height
    • Justify: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally only at the edges
    • Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, and black level to suit your viewing needs.

    Front Panel Controls With Changeable Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary-dial along the left edge of the screen. You can adjust the headunit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each. In addition, you can download still images for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player's harness.

    Built-In Navigation

    Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation technology and NAVTEQ mapping software, the Kenwood DNX6140 features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico which includes over 6 million Points of Interest. You can follow calculated on-screen routes to your destination using the headunit's built-in navigation software. As you travel, the DNX6140's navigation system guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows, and directions along the top of the map. If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. Your route is marked with a highlighted line and an arrow, while your destination is marked with a checkered flag.

    SiRF Star III: The SiRF Star III GPS chipset is so sensitive that it's forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options.

    GPS Antenna: The DNX6140 comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-ANT input on the back of the headunit. The unit also comes supplied with a self-adhesive magnetic base if you are having trouble finding a flat metal surface to mount the antenna.

    Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. The DNX6140 also features pre-recorded voices, which have a limited vocabulary and do not speak names of locations or streets. Voice prompts are available in English, Spanish or French.

    Map Detail: The DNX6140 allows you to adjust the amount of detail shown on the map. Displaying more detail cause the map to redraw your route slower. You can also choose to adjust the other following map settings.

    • Orientation: Changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with  your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).
    • Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two.
    • Auto Zoom: Disables or enables automatic zooming on the map for optimal viewing; you can also specify a maximum Auto Zoom distance from 120 feet to 300 miles.
    • Route Color: Choose the color of the route line (Red, Green, Magenta, Blue, or Orange).
    • Dim Roads: Dims the roads that are not on your route; you can customize this setting to Never or While Driving.
    • Map Data Fields: Customizes the width and contents of the data fields displayed on the map page; you can choose from Normal, None, Thin or Wide.
    • Text Size: Adjusts the display size of the text on the Map from none, Small, Medium or Large.
    • Detail Maps: enables and disables the preloaded detailed maps.
    • Zoom Level Detail: works in conjunction with Map Detail to customize which map items appear at various zoom levels; for each item, you can select Off, Auto, or a minimum zoom distance from 120 feet to 800 miles.
    • Vehicle Select: choose between an arrow or car icon to represent yourself on the unit's on-screen map
    • POI Filter: you can choose to filter out certain points-of-interests from your GPS searches

    Navigation Settings: The DNX6140 features the following Navigation Settings to help calculate your route.

    • Vehicle: Specifies what vehicle you are driving; you can choose a Car, Truck, Bus, Emergency, Taxi or Delivery.
    • Preference: Selects the preference for your calculation between Faster Time, Shorter Distance or Off Road.
    • Ask Preference: Choose to have the navigation system ask for your route preference each time it calculates a route.
    • Next Turn Pop-Up: Selects to active the Next Turn pop-up window as On, Off or Auto.
    • Off-Route Recalculation: Sets the way the navigation system responds when taken off the main route; you can silence the off-route recalculating or have the unit voice prompt you.
    • Continuous Auto Routing: This feature allows the navigation system to continually search for a better route to your destination. Continuous Auto Routing may be useful if a traffic accident occurs or there are time-restricted turns on the current route.
    • Avoidance Setup: This feature allows you to enter specific areas and roads to avoid in your routes. You can choose to avoid Major Roads, Medium Roads, Minor Roads, Traffic, Unpaved Roads, U-Turns, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, or Ferries. You can also enter in Custom Avoids which allows you select specific Roads or Areas to avoid.
    • Detour: If you need to take a detour from your current route, you can select the distance for the detour and what road to detour around.

    Find Locations and Routes: The unit's "Where To?" menu screen offers the following features to help you find your destination.

    • Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
    • Go Home: Store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location
    • Address: Input your destination address by house number, street, and city.
    • Streets and Cities: Allows you to search for a city, street, intersection or exit.
    • My Locations: Store a destination as a Favorite in advance, then easily select it as your new destination or insert it as point along your route.
    • Recent Finds: Choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints.
    • Food, Hotel...: Allows you to search for over 6-millions points of interest in the following categories: Food and Drink, Lodging, Fuel, ATM/Bank, Shopping, Attractions, Recreation, Entertainments, Transportation, Hospital, Auto Services, Community, Other or Search All. The "Spell Name" feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name. When searching for a point of interest, you can choose one of the following proximity settings: Near Here, Near Other City or Near Recent Finds
    • Extras: You can manually load custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones. The navigation system can notify you when you approach one of these points (Proximity Alert). You can download the custom POIs onto a CD-R or DVD-/+R, which can then be loaded into the unit's disc-slot.

    Search Modes: You can search for locations in a different areas, such as a different city, near your destination or near your current route. You can choose to the following search modes - Near Here, Near Other City, Near Current Route, Near Current Road, Near Destination, and Near Recent Finds.

    Turn-List: The unit's Turn List displays a list of turn-by-turn instructions of your entire route as well a arrival information.

    Multiple Destination Routing: You can add intermediate destination points to your routes as you create it. You can also add points to your route after its been created when you go to edit the route. You can program up to 500 waypoints for long trips.

    Trip Computer: The trip computer shows current speed, current direction, distance to destination, total distance traveled, average speed (including stopped time), average speed while moving, maximum speed, total trip time, total moving time, and stopped time. You can reset just the maximum speed or reset the entire trip computer at once.

    Track Log: The track log creates a bread crumb trail (track log) of your movement. At any time the entire track log can be displayed on the map. You can also reset the track log whenever you like.

    Mileage Log: There are four different mileage logs, each can be named, individually activated/deactivated, and reset at any time.

    Traffic Information: Using an optional FM Traffic Receiver (Kenwood GTM10, sold separately), the navigation system can receive, use and display traffic information. When a traffic message is received, you can see the event on the map and change your route to avoid the traffic incident. TMC data is available in a fast-growing number of cities throughout North America and gives prompt, accurate notification of accidents, road construction, police, or emergency action, etc. - so you can visually monitor traffic flow and, if necessary, avoid traffic tie-ups. The on-screen map page of the DNX6140 displays a "diamond icon" when there is a traffic event of medium severity or high severity on your current route or on the road you are driving. If you press this icon, the DNX6140 will create a detour route for you (if applicable) so you can avoid the traffic event. The optional FM Traffic Receiver plugs into the unit's rear panel mini-USB input.

    Note: Traffic services are available only in select cities where coverage exists. A subscription is required to enable traffic capability.

    Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions when the vehicle's parking break is disengaged, that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving.

    Multi-Language Display: The DNX6140's on-screen menu supports 16 different languages to choose from, including - English, Spanish, French and German.

    Software/Map Data Updates: To update this navigation system's software, you must have a CD or DVD writer, writable CD or DVD media and an internet connection. To update the unit's navigation software go to This navigation system will provide periodic notification at startup when the preloaded maps are considered out of date. You can purchase a DVD of updated map data from Garmin at

    DVD/CD Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DNX6140 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (16-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    JPEG/MPEG Playback: In addition to MP3/WMA/AAC discs, this unit can play discs with JPEG (8192 x 7680) still image files or MPEG video files. The unit supports MPEG1 (352 x 240, 362 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480, 720 x 576) NTSC video formats.

    CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/AAC discs or VCD.

    DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3 Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD disc.

    Control Screens: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the left one-third of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right one-third of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.

    Direct Search: By entering its number with the optional remote (KNA-RCDV330, sold separately) you can directly access title, chapter, time, track, channel, or frequency.

    Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or counter-clockwise.

    Zoom: The DNX6140 features a four level zoom when playing back video and still images. You can select from 4x, 3x, 2x, or Off.

    Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    AM/FM Tuner

    CR-2 Tuner: The DNX6140 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC) for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

    Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 24 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in each band either by name or frequency.

    External Device Connection

    Front Panel A/V Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input on the front panel of the headunit for connecting an external A/V source. The AV Input can be labeled AUX, TV, Video, DVD, VCD, VCR or Game.

    Video/Camera Input: The DNX6140 is equipped with a built-in  video/camera input with a composite video jack on the rear-chassis of the unit. This composite video terminal can be used to connect an external video source without audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CCD-2000 (113CCD2000, 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. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

    A/V Output: The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor. You can choose AV-In, DVD, iPod, USB or Off as the source for the A/V output.

    Built-In Bluetooth: The unit features built-in Bluetooth technology. Using the DNX6140's controls and supplied external microphone, you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit as well as listen to audio files stored on a Bluetooth enabled audio player through your car audio system. You can make calls from your cell-phone using the DNX6140 by entering a phone number from the headunit's on-screen keypad, registering up to six phone number presets, from your downloaded Phonebook information or from an outgoing/incoming call list. This unit supports Voice Recognition if your mobile-phone is Voice Recognition compatible. The headunit can support up to 35 voices and also supports Key Word Voice Recognition to select phone number category. In addition, the unit features SMS (Short Message Service) so you can send a small text message from your mobile phone using the DNX6140. When your cell-phone is called, the DNX6140 is paused and muted automatically. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones but only one compatible Bluetooth cell phone can be connected. Visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    USB Port: The Kenwood DNX6140 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 36" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3 (16-230 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) files as well as JPEG (8192 x 7680 pixels) files from connected portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and portable digital audio players. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The headunit can recognize up to 126 folders (255 files per folders) and 15,000 total files. The unit will display any recorded ID3 Tag information stored on your connected USB device. You USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the DNX6140 and the unit is turned on.

    iPod High Speed Connection: The USB port and the rear panel 3.5mm A/V AUX inputs are compatible with select iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP301V adapter (113IP301V, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP301V (3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the DNX6140. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood DVD/CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the DNX6140 are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP301V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application. The Kenwood DNX6140 and the KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y Y Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:

    • XM: This unit supports the Audivox CNP-2000 MiniTuner via the optional Kenwood KCA-XM100V interface box which includes a vehicle dock and antenna (package # 700XMKENV1, sold separately). XM Satellite Radio programming offers 170 digital radio channels including 69 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers instant traffic and weather alerts for 21 major US cities, as well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA tour, Indy car racing and several major college conferences.
    • Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package item number 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via its auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: The DNX6140 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113KTCHR20 or 113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs and CDs, the DNX6140 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

    System Q EX Sound Control: Seven EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own adjustment for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle. You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).

    Selectable Preamp Output: The DNX6140 features front and rear 2-volt preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading subwoofer preamp output.

    System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels (using either speaker level or preamp output), there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no filter). If you select the non-fading preamp output setting for the rear channel to use with subwoofer amplifiers, the unit features a low-pass filter with adjustable subwoofer output level control.

    Dolby Digital: The DNX6140 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    Note: There is a female toslink digital output terminal located on the rear panel that is non-operation and listed in the manual as "Do not connect".

    Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

    Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -15 to 0.

    Setup Memory: Audio Setup and AV Interface settings can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be restored

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q-EX and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (DVD, CD, Aux, USB, FM, AM).

    Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, , Navigation or Standby. You can set the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.

    Note: You can only watch a DVD movie in the 2nd Zone, when the main zone is also set to DVD. You can, however, listen to audio from a DVD in the 2nd zone when another source is selected for the main zone.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The DNX6140 has a steering remote control lead attached to the harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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