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The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver features Insta-Search and Insta-Route, which will get you started on your journey fast and save you time searching for locations. It uses predictive text so you'll even save time typing in the name of your destination, while built-in trademark guidance from Garmin ensures your routes are accurate and easy to follow. You can also take advantage of smartphone connectivity that lets you incorporate your phone's features with your commute while maintaining safe driving practices.

Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver

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The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver features Insta-Search and Insta-Route, which will get you started on your journey fast and save you time searching for locations. It uses predictive text so you'll even save time typing in the name of your destination, while built-in trademark guidance from Garmin ensures your routes are accurate and easy to follow. You can also take advantage of smartphone connectivity that lets you incorporate your phone's features with your commute while maintaining safe driving practices.

Guidance by Garmin

Take your phone with you

The DNX690HD makes it easy to get more out of your phone on the go, but it works in different ways for different devices:

  • iPhone®: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio, Aha Radio, and iHeartRadio apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. App Mode also gives you limited control over other select apps on your phone. The DNX690HD also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri® feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands.

  • Android™: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora, Aha Radio, and iHeartRadio apps through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. The Kenwood Music Control app also gives you easy search and playback functions of your Android phone's music through the receiver.

  • BlackBerry®: You'll get Pandora Internet radio app control through Bluetooth, so no cable needed.

Free built-in NAVTEQ traffic reports

NAVTEQ traffic information for major metropolitan areas comes with the DNX690HD, at no cost to you. You'll be able to see congestion along your route and find a way around it from the driver's seat.

Bluetooth compatibility for hands-free calling

Built-in Bluetooth lets you make and take calls through the receiver via your compatible phone. When your iPhone's connected with a cable, the receiver will automatically send a pairing request to your phone — all you have to do is accept or deny the request. The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of any Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone.

HD Radio tuner

The DNX690HD also features an HD Radio tuner. You'll enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into a local participating station, and there's no subscription required — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

More audio and video options

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while two rear A/V inputs offer connections for more audio/video sources. You can plug your iPod or a thumb drive into the rear USB port, and enjoy all your favorite albums and playlists. No matter what you're listening to, Kenwood designed the DNX690HD to send a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers, and you can use the 3-band parametric equalizer and other soundshaping tools to adjust the sound for your vehicle.

The high-resolution 6.1" WVGA screen is perfect for viewing video from DVDs or other sources when you're parked. You can tap into video content on your iPod or iPhone with the help of an iPod cable (not included). When you're on the road, you can play movies through a rear-seat monitor for your passengers, so they can stay entertained during long road trips.

Expand your system

You can hook up a satellite radio tuner (not included) to the receiver and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides. You can also connect a rear-view camera, so you can see what's behind you as you back out of a tight parking space. If you're looking to add subs and amps, you can take advantage of three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs available, including a dedicated subwoofer output with low-pass filter and level control.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your SYNC features

If your Ford vehicle comes with factory SYNC features, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the DNX690HD offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module. For SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions, plus enjoy expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor. The DNX690HD will also be compatible with GM OnStar and Chrysler uConnect systems, with adapters from iDatalink coming soon.

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

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

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

Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.1" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora control for iPhone (cable required), Android, and BlackBerry
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in iPod control: Kenwood cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • remote control
    Navigation features:
    • built-in Garmin navigation system with Insta-Route and Insta-Search
    • maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 6 million points of interest
    • free lifetime NAVTEQ traffic service
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, two rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor (10A fuse installed in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Reverse/Brake harness
    • GPS antenna (with attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Self-adhesive base
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • IR wireless remote control (KNA-RCDV331)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty card
    • "Attention" note

    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (64 Reviews)

    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

    alfred from Clarksville, TN on 12/14/2016

    2010 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just like others have stated this product will cost you more money than it's worth. I purchased this product in January 2015 its now December 2016 the navigation is went out twice. The screen does not function correctly I've already sent it back once to be fixed it was sent back he worked for a few months and now it's out again.

    Pros: Great customer service

    Cons: Poor products

    Kenwood - Not the far

    Joe from Ludlow, MA on 8/23/2016

    2011 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit in 2013 and now the NAV will not work. Most recent firmware installed and both Kenwood and Garmin have been contacted for help. Now they tell me that for $400 I can send it it for repair. Wow! Thank you Kenwood, first I pay $900 for your unit that doesn't even last 3 years in my car, and you have the kindness to charge me hundreds of $ more to fix the unit that from what I understand is a common problem. Countless emails to both Kenwood and Garmin have been fruitless and a waste of time.

    Pros: Very friendly customer support

    Cons: Very useless companies that stand behind their products.

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    John from Roanoke, VA on 5/25/2016

    2005 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, install was a breeze.



    Refurb Bargain!

    Jester from Louisiana on 12/16/2014

    2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With this unit as the center of my new truck's AV system, it took me over a month to get the unit, speakers and subwoofer installed. This was my perfectionist ways an no fault of the Kenwood. As it stands, I'm thrilled with everything I've seen so far. I give it four stars only because Kenwood insists on publishing crappy manuals that don't give you enough information. Crutchfield helps by having such a great library of stuff to pick from. And only one call to Tech Support to turn off the annoying speaker restrictions that Kenwood has. After a bit of use, I'll revise... if needed!

    Pros: Price, sound quality, video quality

    Cons: Confusing setup, lack of competent instructions on Kenwood's part

    So far so good....

    Mtnairnc from North Carolina on 12/9/2014

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

    Very easy install in a 2007 Nissan Frontier. Little lag on start up and BT but nothing unbearable. Love using Spotify via BT on my iPad and iPhone. Not having a clock on the Nav screen is a bummer but not a deal breaker. I did purchase the extended warranty with this refurb unit just in case I have any hiccups as some other reviewers noted occur. Had to order the iPhone/pad connection wire so have not been able to use a lot of the features yet. Going to need to get new speakers now as the factory ones will not keep up with this unit. Only complaint is that based on product specs is says batteries and a CD with Instruction Manual included. Neither were in the packaging. So I've had to learn how to make adjustments without any guidance.

    Pros: Garmin Nav is great. Easy install. Really good sound. Easy to navigate controls.

    Cons: No iPhone/pad connection included. CD Install disc and batteries not included.

    Awesome Receiver

    GS from Texas on 11/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Receiver. Excellent audio quality.



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    Jeremy from Lexington, Ky on 10/14/2014

    On my second unit both were junk, I have tried multiple firmware updates GPS has never worked correctly and it wil just lock up Steer Clear

    Pros: None

    Cons: Complete Con

    Too Many Problems

    Rob from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Kenwood Excelon has always been my go to. However, after this unit, I'm gonna look at other options. Right from the start I was experiencing problems. 1. Radio was skipping 2. Rear Pre-amp out doesn't work. 3. Bluetooth quality and volume was very poor 4. Touchscreen works, but is not as fluid as everyday devices. 5. OS Startup is slow 6. Navigation complaints Radio Skipping: This one I can't blame on the unit. The feature for HD radio was causing buffering. When I turned back to analog the quality obviously wasn't as good, but no more skipping. Rear Pre-amp doesn't work: My unit came with another amp which was placed in between the DNX690 and the cars harness. (That amp was a separate piece of garbage). I manually tested the connections from the secondary amp to the car and hear music in all speakers. When I plugged any of the four connections into the DNX690 rear Left or Right preamp outs, no music. I verified that the settings on the device were set to play on the entire car. Bluetooth Quality I connect my Samsung Galaxy S3 and stream Spotify music. The music volume is significantly lower. I modified settings on the phone to make sure any equalizing effects were off. Touchscreen The touchscreen is alright.. It works, but it doesn't feel like say my Galaxy device. OS Startup Like I said. slow. My guess is some redhat based os. Navigation navigation startup screen is annoying. I have to 'agree' every startup. Also had some issues where viewing map freezes unit.

    Pros: So disappointed I can't really list any pros.

    Cons: Summarizing my above review: Rear Preamp out doesn't work. Poor Bluetooth quality and volume Navigation causes unit to freeze. Slow OS startup and laggy Touchscreen

    Skip this navigation receiver

    Palunnk from VA on 8/11/2014

    So, I thought, this thing is Kenwood, it should be awesome, right? How wrong I was. I bought this unit because we needed GPS to move across country. It only worked for 2 days into our 8 day trip, then bam, no more maps. Tried updating firmware multiple times (yes, I did the steps correctly) and Kenwood says I have to pay to pull it out and ship to them for them to take a look at the head unit. This has been a known issue with this model, why haven't they pulled it? It's a complete waste of your money and will end up causing you more headaches and costing more money than anything else.

    Pros: Big, bright display, no problem blue-toothing devices

    Cons: Delays in everything that actually does work, GPS only worked for about 3 days

    Refurbished as good as new

    trucking45 from Salem, Oregon on 7/14/2014

    2013 Kia Rio
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing radio at a great price when you go the factory refurb. route looks like new and functions like new. A very well designed U.I. makes it easy to use.

    Pros: Amazing functionality and eas of use

    Cons: Slow start up but you get used to it

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    BillB from Forty Fort, PA on 6/9/2014

    2006 Jaguar X-Type
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice fit, easy to install.

    Pros: Easy to install, Nice finish, fits just right

    Cons: Takes a very long time to start up when the ignition is turned on. Does not automatically atart up!

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    Anonymous from york,pa on 4/26/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Equinox
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in my wifes car. Made the factory pioneer system sound twice as good. Garmin nav is great.



    Navigation has MAJOR issues

    Doctor Dolor from St. Louis on 4/18/2014

    2003 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Navigation started not to work within 1 week. There was problems with the software. The GPS could register what direction I was traveling but could not position the car within a map. Then error messages started popping up on the screen saying there were "memory errors."

    Pros: The look of the unit was good. Easy to install. The GUI was FINE and easy to figure out.

    Cons: The navigation began giving errors within the first week I used the unit. I would not recommend buying this unit for its navigation component. Very disappointed in that aspect. Also, while driving at night the screen was VERY BRIGHT even at the most dim of settings.

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    Mark from Honolulu, Hi on 3/30/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good all around receiver. Purchased primarily because the bluetooth capability would sync with my Droid based phone and play Pandora. Pairs quickly most of the time but will occasionally not pair correctly.

    Pros: Easy to use and customizable audio controls.

    Cons: Slow to start up and occasionally does not pair with phone.

    dnx690hd is junk

    dissapointed from salem nh on 3/26/2014

    one star is way too many for this glitchy piece of junk. i have had 5 of these in my company vehicles. bought three initially and Crutchfield has replaced two outside of their normal time frame, they have been awesome. all 5 units have failed. locked up navs, touch screen failures. many firmware updates and much fiddling and I've got three useless boxes. kenwood is totally unresponsive on this and they should bee replacing these radios as i suspect every one of them fails eventually. there are a lot of complaints about this series on line. steer clear of these, i can almost guarantee misery if you buy one.

    Pros: i can always replace it with something that works

    Cons: I'm out 2400 bucks

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    Greg from Thunder Bay on Canada on 3/26/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Happy with overall product looks great and ease of installation

    Pros: All features

    Cons: Slow gps on start up

    DNX690HD Best Radio

    TimG from Palm Coast, FL on 3/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a Very Good radio. Don't let the Fit your car stop you from trying buying what you want. I pulled my radio out and found out what room I had and asked the best Tech(Clarence) all my questions. He worked with me for over a week to make the right decisions. If you are ever worried about where you going to put all those connections. Look behind your cluster panel and you could find plenty of hidden room. Look at everything and don't be afraid to ask questions. With Clarence there weren't any dumb questions.

    Pros: The built in Bluetooth works great with my phone. I have a Nokia Windows phones. You can text hands free and dial any contacts on your phone. The USB cable works with any Flash Drive and plays all my music. This is a great radio. Even without my Amp it made my speakers sing.

    Cons: I don't have any complaints about this radio. Kenwood makes a great radio


    Chris from Westminster, Ca on 3/18/2014

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got the refurbished model, and so far i love it. I do not have any problems that other people are having, lagging or bluetooth or anything. Crutchfield helped me with everything i asked ( one of the guy was a little grumpy, but i got my answers). Installation depends on your knowledge of wiring. For me, it was not plug and play and i did not take it to an installer. It took awhile, but i managed and learned throughout the process. The sound was great. I am not an audio enthusiast nor do i have a sub. For me, the bass was good enough. My friends who have audio systems in their cars said it sounded fine for not having an amp or a sub. Bluetooth works well. At first it lagged alot, but i quickly found out it was trying to load my contacts and call history into the unit. After everything was loaded, it was smooth again. My calls have no problem hearing me and i have no problem hearing them. Nav is powered by garmin. I wished the voice was a little more smooth. ( i might be too used to google nav on my phone). I get nav signal about 3-5 seconds after the unit is turned on. no complaints there.

    Pros: sound, nav, bluetooth

    Cons: takes about 15-20 seconds for the unit to turn on.

    Just What I Needed

    Trixx from Appleton, WI on 3/17/2014

    It seems from other reviews that this head unit is either really hot or cold as far as likes. I've had mine for just over a month, and no issues whatsoever. I replaced my factory nav in my 05 Tahoe, along with a PAC unit to retain chimes and steering wheel controls, and everything works just like it should. I'm not a fan of streaming audio through bluetooth, because I won't waste my data when I can just plug a 32gig thumb drive in and go. Hands free calling through bluetooth is great, DVD playback is perfect, the NAV is flawless, although my only gripe if I had to pick one is that entering addresses takes awhile as there is a lag when you push a button on that screen. Other than that, no GPS issues. Bootup time is slow, mine takes about 20 seconds from starting the truck to music playback, but every other head unitl like this that I've seen is the same. If you need to start your ride and slam it in gear instantly and go anyway, you have more issues than this little head unit. HD radio is not a biggie to me, as there are only 3 stations broadcasting HD in my area that I know of.

    Pros: Ease of use, Nav is great,

    Cons: None.

    IPhone friendly

    Todd from portland, OR on 3/11/2014

    2007 Honda Element EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    its a awesome deck and I love all the features it has to offer. so far I've noticed the GPS will glitch very little sometimes. other then that I love it. plus kenwood back up cam is amazing at night!

    Pros: love the HD radio and sound quality. works great with a iPhone!

    Cons: GPS will glitch very little sometimes.

    Good Easy System

    Anonymous from Floyds Knobs, IN on 3/10/2014

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy system to operate. Navigation is spot on accurate but it takes some time getting used to make changes. It said it was andriod compatible but not that I have seen. Though I will say that I did forget to get the adapter for it. The USB will charge the android but will only play music from bluetooth. Take in mind I dont use Pandora or Iheart. I just loaded my songs on a thumbdrive and connected to the USB and no issues.

    Pros: Functionility. Display. Ease of moving from on app to another. Fits perfect.

    Cons: No audio jack on the front but there is one in the back. Using an Android takes some work to get what you want out of it.

    So Far So Good

    Jessie from Colorado Springs, CO on 3/7/2014

    2006 Dodge Charger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck. Haven't had any problems so far. I've had the unit for about 3 weeks so I'm still learning new features.

    Pros: Great deck that's easy to use.

    Cons: Takes about 20 seconds to power up the nav unit.

    Glitzy but fatally flawed

    Marsh from Central Maryland on 3/7/2014

    2005 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I knew I was taking a risk with this unit, but figured the combination of great Crutchfield support and the latest 1.7 firmware that everything would be OK. My family was really impressed with the looks and multitasking, and being able to play iPod video to an external monitor in the rear seat was priceless for kids and parents alike. I really loved having Nav always available, and on a much larger screen than our smart phones. Unfortunately it all came to an end a few weeks after installation, I got a "GIR Low Mem" error on the Garmin Satnav. I did a factory reset, but after that that menus and graphics on the Garmin Satnav are all messed up and unusable, and the unit cannot properly place the vehicle in the map. Kenwood's "support" is to send it back for a "real" factory reset. Instead I arranged to an exchange to a Jensen with Crutchfield. I won't miss HD Radio too much, which is the only feature the Jensen replacement is missing. I won't miss the microSD card that does only map/firmware updates, the Jensen reads music and video from USB and microSD media from the front. I won't miss the 8GB iPod in the glovebox with a 32gB microSD in the Jensen. I won't miss the Kenwood starting the iPod music on every bootup, wanted or not. I don't know how boot times compare but the Kenwood is no speed demon there.

    Pros: Pretty, bright display, great multitasking, up to date 2013 map, Garmin Satnav is the Nav standard to beat.

    Cons: User unfixable "GIR Low Mem" error. Kenwood does not pre-ship or cross-ship a replacement unit. Touch screen display often slow to scroll or respond to touch. Annoying 1+ second delay on BT Phone. Slow bootup. UI often bizarre- to find iPod Videos, scroll/find and press the magnifying glass icon, choose something irrelevant, then switch to the Movie icon. If DVD's are playing the entire screen is invisible modal controls. Switching video out from DVD to iPod requires a trip through Settin


    Dave H from Oviedo, Fl on 2/25/2014

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

    I just installed the DNX690HD in my 2013 Ford F150 with the Idatalink Maestro unit connected through the Sync system. The installation was easy and the instructions easy to follow. The GPS works great. I installed the antenna on top of the speedometer shelf under the top.

    Pros: Easy to install Easy to use Can use steering wheel controls Can use installed SYNC system and microphone

    Cons: I haven't seen any yet

    Great Product at great price. Met all my expectations and more

    James from Atlanta, GA on 2/24/2014

    2006 Acura MDX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product is fairly easy to operate. All the features are exactly as advertised. I had to change my unit out because Navigation wouldn't upload any map data. Crutchfield provided a replacement right away. Installation was somewhat complicated but I'm not very familiar with car stereo so it may have been my fault.

    Pros: Great product. All features are easy to operate

    Cons: n/a

    Steer Clear

    Bob from Minneapolis, MN on 2/12/2014

    2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wish I didn't have to give it even one star. Unit worked great for one month, then problems started. I fought the good fight with firmware updates that would "work" for another few weeks. I kept hoping that Kenwood would get a fix out for all the issues (Nav lock up, Bluetooth, etc) so I wouldn't have to tear it out of my dash. Now after three updates the problems are worse and I have sent it back to Kenwood. If you look on the Kenwood user forums you'll see many, many issues with these units. There is an internal SD card that is not user accessible that becomes corrupt. Gramin Nav seldom works more than a few months, bluetooth is intermittent at best. Now my unit is stuck in an endless update cycle and won't boot to the main menu. Such a surprise as I have always loved the Kenwood Ham radio gear. Beware, do your research.

    Pros: Nice sound, radio part seems stable

    Cons: See above.

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    Melissa S from Columbia, Sc on 2/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good product. It has many options.

    Pros: xm ipod unit turns on when car starts and is on the same channel you left it on.

    Cons: not many presets

    Excellent Nav Receiver

    Marc D from Livermore, CA on 2/1/2014

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

    The features most important to me were the Garmin GPS, easy to read icons and a volume knob. I took my time installing so it took seven hours, but for the next vehicle I expect to be under 3. I purchased a pry and trim tool at the local auto parts store and it made trim panel removal easy. Suggestions I would like to pass on. I trimmed the plastic protective wrap back to just cover the touch screen then left it on until installation was complete. Make sure the USB cable will be accessible after installation for updates and mobile device connection. Before you close it up, double check everything you want is connected. The unit takes about 20 seconds to start up. It may seem like a long time when you're ready to go, but most of the time it's perfect for letting the engine warm up. Even though the icons are large and easy to read, it's important to set up as much as you can before you start driving because it can be distracting. Bluetooth setup took less than one minute. If you want to play music from your phone, have the music app on your phone open with the playlist selected. It can take another 30 seconds for the phone to sync with the unit, but then all you have to do is push Bluetooth on the screen and your music starts playing. Very cool. For voice dialing, do not talk slowly. Speak in a normal tone and speed. I didn't connect to the parking brake switch, but I still get DVD audio through the speakers and video through the aux connection. Very happy with this unit.

    Pros: Great product support from Crutchfield. Easy to follow instructions. Very easy to use. Hands free cellphone. Built in GPS. Automatic iPhone sync.

    Cons: I have not found a way to make the clock display larger.

    Lots of features

    Anonymous from Brighton mi on 1/26/2014

    2010 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There are quite a few features to learn more than expected . I bought the refurbished unit and it works flawless so far. Going through Crutchfeild and their online advisor service was a very pleasant surprise .

    Pros: Lots of cool functions navigation works great you can even look through rear camera while traveling with navigation on to see your trailer ect.

    Cons: None yet

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    twr from Sacramento,Ca on 12/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would not recomend purchasing this unit or any in this series for the following reasons. When installing the unit a wire came out of one of the connectors and when I called Kenwood to find where the wire went they told me I would have to buy a new harness.I contacted Crutchfield and they knew exactly which wire I was refering to and told me where to place it. Secondly the unit locks up at random even with the latest firmware. The fan squeals for a few minutes when the the unit is first turned on and the vehicle is cold. The Kenwood mail inrebate is a joke, they claim not to get the forms by the cutoff date,they give you instrustions on how to resubmit the rebate and them deny it because it was not received by the cutoff date. UPDATED 1/20/14: I definitely would not recommend buying this unit. I performed the latest firmware update and now my navigation does not work and I must send it back for repair at my expense. I performed the latest update to address the lockup issues which by the way still occur. When performing the update the instructions warn that if a USD error occurs you must contact Kenwood, well my displayed the error at the end of the update and now it must be repaired.


    Cons: UPDATED 1/20/14: frequent lockups Firmware issues that cause you to send the unit for repair at your expense.

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    Anonymous from Manchester nh on 12/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of features ,a almost a little too complex

    Pros: GPS works great

    Cons: No GPS speech to text. Bluetooth interrupts radio when a message or alert comes up on my iphone. A beep would be fine , but to completely turn off music with a message interrupt makes me wish I got something else. While in NAV this does not happen..

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    Dick from Brooklyn, ct. on 11/26/2013

    2010 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation went without a hitch. The steering wheel controls work just fine with the steering wheel adaptor harness. The bluetooth interface with my iphone5 works great. I am able to automatically answer incoming calls by just saying hello. The bluetooth interface with my purchased itunes works fantastic. The Garmin gps has been working without any issues. This unit was installed in a Toyota Tacoma.

    Pros: Starts playing my purchased itunes on my iphone5 just by touching the bluetooth display button. Automatically answers incoming calls. Good reception on the hd radio. Garmin navigation gps.

    Cons: None yet.

    Bad unit

    Sleepy from Washington DC on 11/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    work great for about a week and now having problem a month later

    Pros: Garmin work great when unit not frozen up

    Cons: Radio freeze up, touch screen slow to respond, works when it want to

    Not for me

    MattF from San Francisco, CA on 11/20/2013

    2007 Toyota Camry Solara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit had one glaring issue which required I return it but even so I probably would have sent it back due to too many smaller dislikes. The main problem is that I bought this unit for my convertible and when I had the roof down, even if I was parked in deep shade, the screen was unreadable. I understand different Kenwoods have brightness and contrast controls but this model does not. The sound quality was good when it worked but after two days the sound would fade out for a few seconds with regularity. This occurred regardless of my using the radio, CD or even Aux input. I did order the refurbished unit so maybe that was the problem.

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: Screen visibility and lack of brightness controls were the main problems for me. I also found its response time to be slow


    Jorge B from Burnsville MN 55337 on 11/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This device is marvelous, easy to use and pleasing to the eye.

    Pros: You can have a telephone conversation and it doesn't stop showing you the navigation instructions.

    Cons: It's a bit delayed in connecting to the phone automatically. (Bluetooth)

    Best thing I ever bought for my car!!

    Anonymous from Millersville, MD on 11/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is crisp, fast and a delight!!

    Pros: Gps, dvd, aux!!!

    Cons: No text to speech on gps

    Some major problems

    Roland from Rhode Island on 10/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit in May 2013 and at first it worked very well. As time went on it did stranger and stranger things. The majority of the issues are related to the NAV function. I use this unit basically as a 'radio' (XM 99.99% of the time) with the NAV my default display. I do not use any of the more modern functions like iPod connection, Bluetooth pairing to a phone etc. The firmware has been updated to the latest available from the Kenwood site, and as things got stranger the firmware has been reapplied a few times to no avail. It is to the point now that the NAV function is completely unusable. On power up NAV will work for about 2 to 3 minutes and then it completely hangs. The 'radio' still works fine and I can switch to HD, XM or play a CD without issue. The only solution is to power the radio off, wait a few minutes and try again. It goes without saying that a NAV unit that hangs in use is not worth much. I have contacted the Crutchfield tech folks and they have suggested that I contact Kenwood for a warrantee repair. I will be doing this today, but it it a real pain to pull the dash apart on my vehicle and then to be without the radio for as long as it takes for the repair. I have given the unit a 2 star rating because of the NAV failure. All the other functions (that I use) seem to be OK. I hope that the repair will be successful, otherwise it will be a long two years for Kenwood as I intend to make sure the the repaired unit functions at 100%. Updated 12/27/13: It is not possible to rate an item lower than 1 star, 1 star is too much for this unit. The unit went back for repair to the New Jersey service center. It was received at the service center on 11/05/13 and was finally 'repaired' on 11/26/13. UPS delivered the unit on 11/29. I immediately re-installed it in my vehicle and for a while it actually worked as advertised. On 12/22 the NAV function started to fail just like it did before the repair. It is now at the point where the NAV function does not work at all. I have contacted Kenwood to see what we do next. Since I refuse to pay for any more shipping charges I have asked Kenwood to send me prepaid shipping labels, I am currently waiting for their response. At this point I would hope that Kenwood will do the right thing and assume all costs required to make the device work, shipping included. If the next 'repair' fails to resolve the problems I will have to insist that the DNX690HD be replaced with a better model that actually works. I would strongly advise that you steer clear of this model. This is the second Kenwood NAV I have purchased in 7 months. The first, a different model (but still an Excelon), was returned because it completely failed within the 90 day money back period . Crutchfield gave me full credit for the first unit and I purchased this one. In hindsight, this may not have been the best choice. Hopefully the next installment in the saga will be a good one.

    Pros: The Audio functions operate as described. But then this is the very least you should expect from a 'radio' ... Updated 12/27/13: At this point, none that I can find

    Cons: NAV function is absolutely worthless. Hopefully a warrantee repair will solve this Updated 12/27/13:Where do I start... For now I would suggest that you stay away from this model, if not all Kenwood/Garmin NAV units.

    Almost wort it

    DaveS from Richmond RI on 10/9/2013

    2012 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in a 2012 F350. Maestro integration. Unit is always freezing up and needs to be reset frequently. I updated all firmware on both the Kenwood and Maestro. After the latest update it actually worked as advertised for about a month. Now the garmin freezes after 5 min, if it doesn't it has no map. just a blank screen eith the arrow. The radio side still works good, even with the garmin locked. I should have just spent a little more and got a Ford Factory Nav. All It is worth is an expensive widescreen Ipod dock.

    Pros: When it works it works good

    Cons: it never stays working, sometimes reset 4 times in 1 45 minute commute. .

    Crutchfield response on 10/14/2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    2011 F150 Radio Upgrade

    Glen from South Eastern Mass on 9/30/2013

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

    I purchased the radio because my old Garmin GPS unit was acting up and with the size of the truck I wanted a backup camera. The install was very simple with the idatalink maestro rr to keep Ford Sync the unit was installed within a couple of hours. I have to be honest this is the first radio in my 20+ years driving where I've replace a factory/oem radio and I couldn't be happier. I was able to activate non oem steering wheel controls with a little trickery basically I added the Sync unit and steering wheel controls myself and only had partial steering wheel controls this was due to the 2011 F150 steering wheel controls running through the can bus which I was able to bypass for the phone hands free with the new radio and idatalink I was successful in getting all steering wheel controls to work. As for the radio it is awesome it displays the tire pressure info, real time instrument gauges and climate control functions - this only works if you have automatic climate controls. GPS works great or as you would expect from Garmin. I own an android phone the integration is flawless works as it did with the Ford Sync before the new install.

    Pros: GPS, Ford Can Bus integration gives you real time info from sensors and dash guages. If you have XM Radio you can still retain as the data port on the radio is no longer used by idatalink maestro - not sure if you need to purchase a non oem unit to retain as I use the usb for music.

    Cons: Still learning the new features! Ability to dim the unit through the dash control also the ability to remove unnecessary icons from the touch screen. Now I need to upgrade the OEM speakers!

    Don't Waste Your Money!!

    James from Washington on 9/26/2013

    First of all found out when I bought this unit that this model is NOT compatable with bluetooth for iphone, OK can deal with that, next, navagation actually worked for only about 2 months then NO NAVAGATION says no data available, called Crutchfield, got an update through Kenwood, navagation worked for about 3 weeks then NO NAVAGATION again, call again sure enough Kenwood has another update, went through same process and updated, however no change still NO Navagation!! I could have spent $200 on a unit and saved $$ if I just wanted to listen to music, with this unit this is all I have. Now I have to go through Kenwood to find out what they are going to do about this Waste of Money.




    DJ from Cumming, GA on 9/25/2013

    2003 BMW 5 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, have purchased 2 in the last 6 months.....



    Great Product

    Josh from Arkansas on 9/10/2013

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing unit. Every aspect exactly what was described in the description online and then some.



    Love it except...

    Jeff from Dallas, TX on 8/21/2013

    I love the device. My only complaint is that (currently anyway) there doesn't seem to be a cable that allows you to watch iPhone5 video. It works perfectly with previous versions of iPhone, but not iPhone5. Does anyone out there know if there's a cable available that allow this?




    AndrewL from Houston, TX on 8/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It has all the functionality of a high-end stock system, plus some. If a faceplate fitted perfectly, 5 stars.

    Pros: functionality options sound adjustment

    Cons: No faceplate would fit the dashboard in a 2004 Impala.

    Good For the Non-Techy

    ZuZu from Colorado on 8/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this in-dash GPS/bluetooth/CD player for a cross-country trip and it had some glitches, but Crutchfield took care of each without any hassle whatsoever. First, the microphone was defective and had to be replaced. Second, the unit would not sync with an ipod or iphone. We talked to Crutchfiled tech support and after 15 minutes they concluded that the unit was defective. They sent a new one and I have been using the new unit now without any issues. The GPS is pretty solid. She does the crazy things every GPS does, recalculates the route suddenly for no reason and then recalculates again and says exactly what she said the first time. Mostly, though I have found the GPS to be reliable. It has gotten me everywhere I wanted to go. The touch screen is a little tricky as I have to use a knuckle; it does not respond to fingertip pressure. I have found though that I have adapted to its sensitivity and it's not a problem. I like that the Bluetooth will cut into music that's playing, so I can actually hear the phone ring. I also like that the GPS will lower the music volume so I can hear the directions. It has nice integration of functions. Overall, I'm very happy with the unit. The display is plenty big enough, and the visual quality is excellent. I think if I hadn't had issues with the first unit, this would be a five star review.

    Pros: Good screen visuals. Seamless integration between functions of Bluetooth, GPS and music.

    Cons: GPS gets a little wonky sometimes, but no worse than any other I've used.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

    Jrrrrrr from Michigan on 7/17/2013

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound very clear and crisp sound with the stock radio and even better with the new deck installed.

    Pros: Direct fit, good price and nice sound.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD - 2001 MB E320

    Mike M. from Long Valley, NJ on 7/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the factory radio/CD/navigation unit for a 2001 Mercedes Benz E320. I had first installed a Jensen VM9414 unit with the retractable screen but when the display was fully extended it covered the heater/AC controls, a real driving annoyance. Plus it looked a bit schlocky with a second rate after-market appearance. The DNX690HD fits perfectly and looks like it came from the factory. Most importantly, the performance is outstanding. The Garmin navigation is the best, hands down. The radio is excellent and the cell phone Bluetooth works well. However, I use the audio DVD function 99% of the time. So far, I have over 30 albums stored with apparently a lot more room to go (using MP3 192kbps quality). I really do prefer the separate rotary volume control that is part of the design from the types that use touch-screen up/down volume setting options. Adjusting the volume is the most often used function and the rotary control lets you change it without looking at the screen or inadvertently pressing the wrong icon while you are trying to keep your eyes on the road. The 5 Volt pre-amp output works especially well with the MB Bose power amps providing original sensitivity range. The auto-dimmer optional feature works well in the Nav-sync mode using the GPS time reference. Unit starts up fast and I have not experienced any of the re-boot/crashing problems some customer reviews have noted. Bottom line: a state-of-the-art upgrade for a very reasonable price.

    Pros: - Garmin navigation is the best; DVD/radio performance is outstanding; screen clarity and brightness are excellent; high quality fit/finish; Kenwood reputation and support.

    Cons: - Bluetooth works OK but takes a few extra steps to synchronize with multiple cell phones.


    Lando72 from Lafayette, CA on 7/7/2013

    I have had this unit for 6 months. It worked fine until two weeks ago. Now it just constantly reboots itself every 15 seconds. No way to fix it, other than sending it to Kenwood. Very disappointing.

    Pros: Worked great for six months.

    Cons: Now completely worthless.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

    don from Rome Ga. on 7/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install and to operate



    Kenwood DNX690HD Review

    ShawnH from Columbus, GA on 6/23/2013

    2007 Honda Accord SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had the Kenwood DNX690HD for about 2 weeks in my 2007 Honda Accord and I can say that I really like it so far. There are a lot of settings that I have to get familiar with in regards to enhancing the sound but I like all of the features that it comes with out of the box. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a good navigation double din head unit.

    Pros: Tons of features and a nice display. Pretty easy to navigate through the different sources and comes with a remote, which some head units the remote is optional.

    Cons: The cost could have been cheaper but I guess you get what you pay for. Also, had to get the Ipod cable separately instead of being built-in.

    Great unit

    Chris from Wolcott, CT on 6/11/2013

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

    Excellent GPS DVD HD unit. Well worth the money. I would recommend Crutchfield to everyone. Very good Customer Service.

    Pros: Excellent digital display. Easy to navigate between lcons


    so far so good

    hung from san antonio tx on 6/9/2013

    2012 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    the gps is a little bit slower than my portable garmin,hd radio is good ,dvd is operating fine, wat i like is you can update the software,that make the unit faster every time.wat i don't like is they should build in the GPS antenna with the unit ,that way you don't have to mount the wire in front of car panel.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

    Colonel from Mansfield, TX on 6/1/2013

    2007 Pontiac Torrent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The EXCELON is loaded with features and all seem to work as advertised. I love the Garmin GPS. It was what sold me on buying Kenwood.

    Pros: Garmin GPS. Loaded with features. Great sound and video. Hooked up to all my steering wheel controls and speakers.

    Cons: Extra cost wiring harness for GM cars was not plug-n-play for my Torrent. I had to cut and splice many wires. The instructions are not very clear on some of these wiring contections. Does not work with latest models of cell phones for Bluetooth.

    2011 F-150 Super Crew

    largefarva from Chicagoland, IL on 5/19/2013

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

    I've been very impressed with this navigation head unit. I'm hearing sounds in music that I didn't know were there with the factory stereo in my truck. Installation was fairly simple, about 4 hours total including setting up the iDatalink Maestro, all soldering, and installing the SXV200V1 SiriusXM satellite tuner. I haven't had any problems with mine locking up, but it came from the factory with the 1.3 software already on it. For those with freezing issues, try the latest flash which can be downloaded from Kenwood's website. I'm sure you'll be just as impressed with this head unit as I am.

    Pros: Sounds amazing. I like the different routing feature of the navigation. Being able to change the background image to something you like is definitely a nice feature.

    Cons: "Ready for SiriusXM" requires the SXV200V1 tuner which is only on the XM service. XM's reception isn't as good as loses signal a bit easier, but it's still pretty good.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD

    Anonymous from Fresno, Ca on 5/19/2013

    2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is amazing and works perfectly.



    Excellent Excelon!

    Sam D. from Houston, TX on 5/12/2013

    This Kenwood DNX690HD is Fantastic! Amazing features, Incredible sound quality. Beautiful screen, graphics, and G.U.I. This blows Alpine and Pioneer away! My unit works flawlessly, boots up quickly, Garmin Navigation is amazingly fast and re-routes quickly. Offers Navteq traffic guidance as well. Iphone 4s control is incredible, with on-screen touch control of all my media as well as pandora and aha. Bluetooth connectivity is excellent for hands free phone use... Is there anything that this unit can't do? I prefer this to the other models with the larger screens because i have had issues with motorized face-plates in the past and I also like the very accessible volume control knob... the rest of the audio/video features are all there as well. Better tuner section than Alpine or Pioneer, Better G.U.I, Better Navigation (Garmin), 5-Volt pre-outs (built-in RCA jacks compared to Alpine's "harness dongles" which add an additional unnecessary connection point and use small gauge wire to a "pin" connector which could result in changing resistance values in the signal path) , 24-bit D.A.C., plays all file types, split screen Nav., Bluetooth, iPhone/iPod control... I could go on forever. I'm not sure why all the reviews don't give 5 stars... this Head Unit is FLAWLESS! Not sure what more one could want or need. There are a couple reviews which give this unit a low rating... I don't get it... This is as good as it gets! The Best!

    Pros: Best G.U.I, Best tuner- 7.3dBf, Garmin/Navteq, Bluetooth, iPhone/iPod connectivity, 5-volt pre-outs, great price, Amazing!

    Cons: None.

    Kenwood forgot to mention

    Rod from Zachary, LA on 5/9/2013

    I am disappointed at this unit I had it for a week. The unit locked up on me while driving and froze up every time I reset it then got it replaced with a DNX890hd same thing happened with it too. The audio shop i deal with called kenwood. They failed to tell them or anybody else (when u hook this unit up it has to have a relay on switch wire for power and update the unit strait out the box is a must.) I founded out hard way UPDATED 6/10/13: This is my second review. I received a new unit a week ago it is a great unit by far better than most out there the same problem happened with this one also freezing and locked up twice and some of u will notice the problem too. The things I said in my first review was based on a conversation with a kenwood rep. And trust im not a rookie. And since I did as the rep. advice me to do that i had noted in my first review its perfect with out issues.

    Pros: Great screen, nice controls, nice interface. UPDATED 6/10/13: Great unit if it gets the power it needs

    Cons: Kenwood needs to put info in each box how to really install this unit. (Have to put relay on yellow power wire from unit , ground unit on vehicle frame, and update firmware before using this unit. These things are a must per. The kenwood rep. UPDATED 6/10/13: Locks up, have to reset often

    Giving a second chances

    Megsliny from Long Island ny on 4/25/2013

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As of right now I can not give it a great rating. I got it about 3 weeks ago, and the system has completely crashed. I am weighting on a new one to arrive today so I'm giving kenwood a second chance. Lets hope that it just was one bad one.

    Pros: Great looking sounds great.

    Cons: Crashed in three weeks, disappointed in the garmen nav system. I love Garmen but this unit dose not have all the features that it should have for the price.

    Kenwood DNX690HD Review

    Dave from Washington, DC on 4/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have owned several in-dash GPS units (all Pioneer), and this is by far the best. The unit has an intuitive interface that is easy to navigate with a snappy response. I had it professionally installed and there are no issues with it at all. I have a JL stealthbox w/ 12" subwoofer, door speakers, amplifier, ipod cable, siriusxm tuner, and backup camera attached and all function flawlessly. The unit takes more than 20 seconds to boot up to the Nav screen, but if I put the car in reverse, the screen will switch to the backup camera right away. Both SiriusXM and HD Radio work well and the interfaces are easy to use. Switching between inputs is fast, and the touch screen is just sensitive enough. I was able to customize the menu with my three favorite icons (Ipod, HD Radio, SiriusXM) at the top. The front panel has buttons for the Nav and phone, so I didn't feel the need to have them as shortcuts on the menu. The screen is very sharp, and the Garmin navigation is accurate and very fast to recalculate. It paired quickly with my phone and the voice on both ends is loud and clear. This unit is excellent overall, and I would recommend it. However, this unit is supposed to be the successor to the 6990 (Kenwood's words when speaking with customer support), but the lane assist and junction view feature has been removed from the 690HD. This feature isn't essential, but it should be included for the price of this GPS.

    Pros: Very sharp screen with a snappy interface, great Bluetooth functionality, allows you to make many A/V adjustments, USB extension for firmware updates. Aside from garmin smartphone link, which will be functional in a future firmware update, every feature works as advertised.

    Cons: Price, no lane assist and junction view.

    Not for Multiple Phone Use

    Steve from Orlando, FL on 3/28/2013

    2007 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you have multiple people that drive your car and want to use the bluetooth be warned, it will store all the phones but you will have to go into the bluetooth settings each time and select what you want that phone to do at that time. The First or Main phone will operate the phone features by default but not audio streaming that falls to the second phone in the list, even if that phone is not in the car at the time. You have to go in and tell it to use phone 1 and then if phone 2 uses the car you have to go back in and set both items for that phone each time. Also when using the GPS the unit will lock up and you have to shut down and turn back on.

    Pros: Nicest phone interface works great with a windows phone, okay with iphones

    Cons: bluetooth interface stinks Needs options to remove hide choices on the menu screen. after reading a txt needs to take you back to previous screen.

    Problems with Pandora and iPhone 5

    MichaelG from Texas on 3/22/2013

    All round this is a very nice unit, though not the easiest to learn I've ever seen...once you know how to work it it is pretty good. It'd be nice if you could drop the sources that you don't have from the main menu (I have no Sirius Radio...why does it offer me a choice to select it???)...but the biggest issue is that you can't connect an iPhone 5 (may be other iPhones too...wouldn't know about that I only have 5's to try it with) via Bluetooth and use the Pandora function. I expect this is a software bug that will be fixed at some point, but until it is it seriously devalues the product for me...I am considering my options, but will probably return it.



    2010 tundra

    Tommy from Gansevoort, NY on 3/18/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice deck sounds great touchscreen is nice my buddy has an older kenwood and this one is way faster on the other hand it keeps freezing will continue to play music but no buttons will work shut off and turn on and all is well again hooked up to iPhone 5 through usb cable pandora doesn't play though radio but pics and song info does but will play through Bluetooth really like nav and features if deck doesn't stop freezing will return



    Absolutely Awsome Stereo

    Ryan W from Farmington Maine on 3/8/2013

    2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had absolutely no problems installing this stereo. My only issues were related to security preferences on my Samsung Galaxy S, but once I figured those out it was smooth sailing. I also picked up an Axxess ASWC to connect my 09 WRX steering wheel controls. The controller failed to properly detect my car model and so I had to manually program the interface, but that works extremely well too. The Kenwood 690HD is the fastest video head unit I have ever used and has the options to add pretty much anything I could want. I could get more options with the 890HD, but then I would lose the volume knob, and who really needs a front view camera anyway? If you can't see whats directly in front of you, you have bigger problems. GPS in this unit is very fast, it gets a GPS lock in by the time it is loaded in to the GPS menu and calculation of routes only takes a second or two. The Bluetooth is extremely convenient, however sometimes If I forget to turn on my phones bluetooth before I turn on the stereo, I need to reboot the head unit to get it to connect to the phone, and initial syncronization is a bit slow sometimes, but after it is connected and sync'd then operation is quite intuitive and fast. My chief issue was that voice commands sometimes need to be entered twice due to Nuance needing to load on the phone. Another issue was that it takes my phone about 60 seconds to load and buffer pandora, but I cannot fault the headunit for my cell phone being slow. Great Product!

    Pros: Extremely fast head unit, GPS satallite lock often occurs before the GPS software is even finnished loading, works well with my Samsung Galaxy S but cannot make up for my phone being slow. Pandora works well and sounds great, so does USB, CD, regular Radio, HD Radio and Bluetooth phone media playback. Speakerphone for the cellphone is intuitive and works well too.

    Cons: Garmin Smartlink is not yet operational and will require a software update. Does not connect to a Garmin Ecoroute HD even though it could be programmed to do so. Does not have a front view camera output. Does not have Navigation Voice Commands or Audio Playback Voice Commands.


    Mike from NH on 2/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use interface although not very nice to look at. Has a volume knob which is a must .menu nav and tel hard keys are nice but its a pain to go back to the menu to switch from sat To fm etc. the sat volume is much lower than the fm volume, needs an amp. Unit hangs and glitches often when switching between modes and doesn't work with my iPod through the USB leash. Bluetooth music function will hang the unit if you don't already have it playing on your phone. If there is no firmware update to fix thes issues in the next 90 days its going back

    Pros: Hard keys volume knob

    Cons: Glitchy low sat volume


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (rear)
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm x 2 (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Audio Section
    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    HD Radio+Pandora/Aha+SiriusXM
    AV Connections
    OEM/Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The DNX690HD navigation 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 preouts (5V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX690HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD 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 non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DNX690HD features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from 'Through' (off), 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DNX690HD offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 50, 60, 80, Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, or 'Through' (off).
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-50 to +10) from the navigation receiver.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DNX690HD 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).

    Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.

    EQ Pro: The DNX690HD features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz N/A N/A
    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +6.

    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.

    Key Beep: The in-dash multimedia head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD features a fixed 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left.

    • Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
    • Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
    • Custom Background Images: You can download a still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Custom Top Menu: The Top Menu screen (main menu) features two rows of source & settings icons. The top row has 3 large icons which can be accessed directly, while the bottom row has 12 smaller icons which have to be scrolled through. You can customize the Top Menu by selecting your three favorite source/settings icons as the top 3 icons.

    Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD has a start up time of approximately 29.5 seconds from Off to the "Warning" screen. Once the "Warning" screen appears, you can tap the "Agree" button on the head unit's touchscreen to go instantly to the Navigation screen or press the "Menu" hard-key to access the Source menu.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language; English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

    Split Screen AV Control: The DNX690HD's screen views can be easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens, with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view camera) simultaneously.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the navigation on-screen map.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary-dial along the left edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination 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 Eject and Kenwood logo remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

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

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), 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.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2013), the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.

    Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNX690HD will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via microSD memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to

    Note: The unit's microSD-card slot is located on the front-panel hidden behind a flip-out cover (labeled NAV Map). The microSD-card slot is only used for software and map updates. It cannot be used for playback of media files from an microSD memory card.

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna that features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-input on the back of the head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" x 2.5625"

    • Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
    • Position Accuracy: <6 meters, typical
    Note: The first time you turn on this unit, you must wait while the system acquires satellite signals for the first time. This process could take up to several minutes. Make sure your vehicle is outdoors in an open area away from tall building and trees for fastest acquisition. After the system acquires satellites for the first time, it will acquire satellites quickly each time thereafter.

    NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic receives traffic information that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The free FM TMC subscription activates automatically after the navigation system acquires satellite signals while receiving traffic signals from the service provider. NAVTEQ Traffic provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America, including the United States and Canada. If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily. Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route. When the unit is receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.

    Color Description Meaning
    Green Low severity Traffic is flowing normally
    Yellow Medium severity Traffic slightly congested
    Red High Severity Traffic is heavily congested or stopped
    Gray No data Traffic data has not updated
    Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription. Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there is no subscription fees.

    On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the DNX690HD guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation. If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.

    • Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
    • 2D/3D Map View: You can 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).
    • Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station wagon, sports car, compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
    • Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.

    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. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers, only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting the main volume. The unit only offers English voice prompts in a male or female voice.

    Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNX690HD will mute the music source, when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.

    Turn/Lane Assistant: While navigating a route, a preview of the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the lane in which you should be traveling, if available.

    Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.

    Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.

    Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.

    Where To? Screen: The Where To? screen provides several different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and other locations. The detailed map loaded in the navigation system also contains millions of points of interest to choose from.

    Destination Search Description
    Browse Map Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
    Go Home You can 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, city, and zip-code.
    Cities Allows you to search by city's name.
    Intersections Allows you to search where to streets intersect.

    The detailed maps loaded in this navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels, auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use these categories to browse for nearby businesses and attractions.

    Favorites You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later.
    Recent Choose from one of your most recent destinations or waypoints.
    Coordinates Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
    Search Bar You can use the Search Bar to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city name.
    Shortcuts You can add up to 36 shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location, a category, or a search tool.
    Note: The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNX690HD search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.

    Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.

    Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNX690HD might not calculate a detour.

    Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.

    Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.

    Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.

    Trends: The DNX690HD has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.

    • myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites, and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days of regular driving usage.
    • trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.

    ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.

    • Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX690HD calculates fuel used, the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
    • At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price, amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
    • ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
      • Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
      • Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid acceleration
      • Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose points for hard braking
    • Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance, the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a destination. A mileage report (up to 20) is created for every route that you drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is created for the distance you traveled.
    Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
    Future Update for Smartphone Link w/ Garmin Live Services: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD will require a future software update (not yet available) to support Garmin's Smartphone Link App and Live Services. The free Smartphone Link can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The download includes several Garmin Live Services, as well as premium subscription services. Smartphone Link creates a seamless navigation experience between the Kenwood navigation receiver and your Android smartphone (2.1+). It allows the two devices to share information; such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. It also links the Kenwood navigation receiver to Garmin Live Services; such as traffic, weather, and fuel prices using your smartphone's current mobile data plan. Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date "live" information to the Kenwood navigation receiver using your Android's mobile data plan. There's no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included free when you connect to Smartphone Link; others are available through subscriptions that offer premium content and enhanced features.

    • Live Traffic: Garmin Live Traffic provides the best-in-class real-time information to help you navigate in and around congestion. Live Traffic is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle.
    • photoLive Traffic Cameras: Provides drivers the ability to look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to get a glance at traffic and weather conditions.
    • Real-time Safety Cameras: Alerts you to fixed and mobile safety camera data to help you arrive safely at your destination.
    • Fuel Prices: Helps you find the best prices for any grade of fuel in your area or on your route. Just tap the screen and go to your chosen station.
    • Dynamic Parking: Helps you locate parking areas close to your destination. It also will provide you with the number of spots available and the current cost of the parking spot.
    • Garmin Tracker: Allows you to track the location of your Kenwood navigation receiver and vehicle via myGarmin. You also can send a link via Facebook, Twitter, or email for others to track you as you travel.
    • Local Weather (free): Current localized weather, temperature, and forecasts.
    • Advanced Weather: In addition to what the free weather service provides, Advanced Weather also allows users to receive severe weather alerts and view animated radar images. Colors distinguish types of precipitation, such as rain, snow and ice, to help you avoid bad driving conditions.
    Note: An unlimited data plan is recommended when using Garmin Live Services. Some services may not be available in all areas. Some services may require a paid subscription.

    Tools: The DNX690HD offers tools you can use as you travel.

    • World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness.
    • Unit Converter: You can convert distance, speed, area, currency, temperature, volume, and weight.
    • Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

    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. You will need to engage the parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (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 DNX690HD. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DNX690HD 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 (within 0-99 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DNX690HD, 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 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen (your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged).
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 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 DNX690HD. 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 in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download a SMS text-message arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth-connected Kenwood head unit. You can reply to a SMS test-message by using the head unit's touchscreen to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of text that can be downloaded or entered. You can also select a quick reply from the head unit's template list; such as "I'm driving right now" or "I will call you later", etc.. Your cell-phone must support SMS via Bluetooth for this feature to function. Do not read incoming messages or reply while driving.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood DNX690HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNX690HD will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The DNX690HD also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood DNX690HD; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The DNX690HD offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep/caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Level: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.
    • NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume.
    • EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, 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, AAC, and WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 39" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DNX690HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 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 navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    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 rates of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    Photo JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The DNX690HD supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

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

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

    Search Functions (USB only): The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD 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.

    Zoom: The DNX690HD features a 3 level zoom when playing back video and still images.

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

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

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version 30100721 (V1.0.0). Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.

    • Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input allow you to connect select Apple iPod/iPhones using the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (113IP202, sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. 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, while your iPod/iPhone charges. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD. 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/iPhone. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Audio Only Playback: If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the DNX690HD's USB port using either the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone or Kenwood's iPod Direct Connect Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately). This 1-wire USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 98dB. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN2" in order to use the 1-wire USB connection. You will not be able to play Digital-Rights-Protected files.
    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit, from the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen, or from select apps streamed to your iPhone.

    • Head Unit Control Mode: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, 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 alphabetically (A-Z) using the head unit's touchscreen slider function. 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. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
    • iPod/App Control Mode: The iPod/App control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The iPod/App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Kenwood navigation receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+), via the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (sold separately). The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include - Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next.
    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 to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood multimedia head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The unit will also display Album Art. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone in iPod/App Control Mode, the DNX690HD will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App/iPod Control Mode + Parking Off').

    iPod 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.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/24/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Bluetooth Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora Aha Radio Phone Audio Siri Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y N N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th* 6.17.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N N N Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N N Y Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    HD Radio+Pandora/Aha+SiriusXM Ready

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Tuning: The DNX690HD navigation receiver offers a variety of tuning options; including Seek, Tuner, and Direct Access.
      • Seek Modes: 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 DNX690HD to search only HD Radio stations.
      • Tuner Presets: The DNX690HD'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.
      • Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    • Station Text + Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The DNX690HD also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations.
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Connection Type: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD provides Pandora App access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The Kenwood DNX690HD lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Kenwood head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or Blackberry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Station Control: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also select from Pandora's Genre Stations.
      • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
      • Shuffle: Randomly selects artists/songs from your Pandora Station List for playback.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
      • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
      Information Display: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Aha Radio App: The Kenwood navigation receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for iPhone and Android smartphone. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's touchscreen interface. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily.

    • Aha Radio for iPhone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD provides complete access to your Aha Radio account using your iPhone, via the head unit's USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 4.3 or later) with the latest version of the free Aha Radio app from Apple's iTunes App Store.
    • Aha Radio for Android: The DNX690HD also lets you playback and control Aha Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Aha Radio from the Kenwood head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the free Aha Radio App from the Google Play store. Your Android smartphone (2.2+) must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    Note: Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need an Aha Radio account. Access to the Aha Radio will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels

    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category

    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD

    • Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets

    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content

    • GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast

    • Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station

    • iTunes Tagging lets you 'tag' songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your USB-connected iPod/iPhone, so the next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes you will be able to preview your selections, purchase songs, and download them directly from iTunes

    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver is fitted with two rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video inputs. The AV2 input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable). The optional Kenwood AV cable (113CAC3AV, sold separately) provides composite video/stereo RCA audio inputs. You can label each AV Input.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-210 (113CMOS210, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (attached to the rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    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, Video, 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: You cannot select iPod as the A/V Output source when you select Pandora as a main source in dual zone function.

    OEM/Remote Control

    Remote Control: The included IR remote control (KNA-RCDV331) is designed for wireless operation of this Kenwood navigation receiver. 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. The remote operates Audio, Video, Navigation, and Bluetooth functions.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood multimedia head unit is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood head unit to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford or GM owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Kenwood multimedia head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar, steering wheel controls, hands-free Bluetooth, USB interface (Ford only), 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 addition, the Kenwood multimedia head unit can be configured to operate interior climate controls, distance and proximity sensors, tire pressure sensors, and vehicle gauges such as engine temperature, RPM, and other performance indicators (if factory equipped).

    • Ford Installation: The iDatalink Maestro RR module must first be connected to your Windows PC via USB and "flashed" with the (SR)-FOR01-DS2 firmware from iDatalink's Weblink site, prior to installation. The iDatalink Maestro RR (MRR) requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01 installation harness (794HRNSRF1, sold separately) when installed in your compatible Ford, Lincoln, Mercury vehicle.
    • GM Installation: The iDatalink Maestro RR module requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05 installation harness (794HRNGMS5, sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with the SR-GMS05-DS firmware update.
    Note: The Kenwood head unit features an OEM Setup menu that must be configured with your Ford SYNC or GM OnStar factory system before initial operation.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    Awesome navigation unit [ Ruben  Jul 17, 2017 ]

    9 questions already asked

    It comes with free life time maps. As a note I still use my phone. Voice integration is nicer on the phone and blue tooth give you the audio to the map direction while driving. [ DONOVAN M  May 05, 2014 ]
    You sure can,, instructions come with unit [ TIM  May 05, 2014 ]
    Yes, that is what the USB port is for. That is the only reason for the USB port. You can not use the USB port to play music, etc. You download the map update to your computer and save it to a USB memory module. Then you put the USB memory module into the Kenwood DNX690HD and follow the GPS update instructions in the User Guide. [ ERNEST L  May 04, 2014 ]
    Yes you can load firmware and GPS updates via a USB stick drive. You can download the updates from kenwoods website free. [ BRAXTON  May 03, 2014 ]
    I believe you can, but it won't be free. [ Todd  May 03, 2014 ]
    Yeah just get the firmware from the website and install with thumb drive [ PRESTON  May 03, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Mar 16, 2014 ]  Staff
    Kip, I had the same issue with my ipod nano. I assume you are using the USP connector on the rear of the head unit. There are several options to fix this issue. First, you could buy the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod® cable. With that you will also have to buy the Apple lightning adapter. For some reason the USB connector integrated on the rear of the unit only transfers data. The way I fixed the issue with my receiver was that I looked up my ipod with the USB to lighting connector like you have but I also hooked up a standard headphone jack from the ipod to the rear of the head unit. This will send the sound from the iphone to the unit and keep the device charged at the same time. Finally, if you have used the idatalink meastro to keep the SYNC features you could always use the factory USB port. I hope this helps. [ WILLIAM S  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    Is this in a ford vehicle with sync? [ BRAXTON  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    You need to get the Kenwood iPod adapter. I recently installed my Kenwood 690HD and noticed the same thing with my iPhone 5S. [ CHRIS  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    Kip, Sorry I don't have an answer, but I am having the exact same issue with a Ipod Touch 4th gen. Not sure if it's Apple or Kenwood issue. [ TRACY  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    I had to use the 5s lightning connector with the 3.5mm jack. the audio will come across the 3.5 mm jack (headphone connector) [ CHRIS  Jan 03, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Jan 03, 2014 ]  Staff
    Sorry, I have no first hand experience with with hooking up a camera. I put it in a Mazda MX5 and have no need for one. [ HARMON W  Dec 15, 2013 ]
    Megan...sorry, not sure. What I can say is that I purchased a CMOS camera from store that begins with an "A" and ends with an "N" outside of Crutchfield for 10% of the recommended camera, and it has worked flawlessly. Not to take away ANYTHING from Crutchfield, as the products AND SERVICE are great. [ CARROLL  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    You can...I actually have one installed and it works great. The only issue I had was finding a reverse light signal from under the dash of my vehicle. I ended up having to run a wire from the actual tail light area connected directly to the reverse light bulb to the radio itself. You can turn the camera on without this, but I wanted it to come on automatically anytime the vehicle was in reverse. [ DAVID A  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    Not sure what you mean by "ccd camera", but if it has an RCA output cable, it can plug into the DNX690HD. As I understand it, the camera is the part that reverses the image so that it behaves like a glass rear view mirror. I bought a Kenwood CMOS-210 camera to use with mine. Works great, though the field of view is VERY wide. [ Todd  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    Sorry Megan... I never utilized that functionality. I returned my unit for a Pioneer AVIC Z150H. [ EDWARD LEE  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    The Kenwood DNX690HD doesn't offer Apple's CarPlay technology. You can view a full listing of CarPlay receivers that we offer on our website here: If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry  Jan 23, 2017 ]  Staff
    it only has a usb input which you can buy cables for to attach to your apple items [ COLLIN B  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Yes. This has 2 auxiliary inputs. 1 upfront and the other in back. [ CHANCE  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    It has two aux inputs but they are in the back. I ran an aux line and USB line out to where my old ones came out in the center console and made a new faceplate for them. [ Michael  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Thanks man! [ Sunny  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Thanks man [ Sunny  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    it has a cable out from the back. [ JAMES W  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    It does not have an auxiliary input. However, it does have a Bluetooth interface so it can play music wirelessly from platforms equipped with Bluetooth. [ RICK  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    If you have any of the devices mentioned you should be able to connect to the deck via Bluetooth to play music (it is how I do it). But you are correct, no auxiliary input. [ STEPHEN  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    Hi there. It works excellent with my ride. I had to buy gmos integrated thing (don't remember the actual name of it.) And it works fine. I installed the radio, kicker amp and sub, and replaced the speakers myself. I actually like driving my car better than my truck because of the system. Just make sure the person you speak to send you the correct gmos for your ride. They sent me the wrong one and it delayed me a couple days to finish the entire install. Good luck!!! [ CORDELIA  Jun 11, 2014 ]
    Brian I have a Ford 150 and the DNX690HD integrated perfectly into the SYNC system. [ DAVID  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    Brian - I don't have GM so I can't respond in regards to that. I have Acura and it worked fine with the provided wiring harness. HOWEVER, it did NOT integrate with our factory bluetooth controls on the steering wheel. After hours of research, i found it, it just isn't compatible. Hope this helps. It's a great product overall. [ James  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    brian i did not install this in a gm product. i have two of these units both in toyotas a 4runner and a tacoma i own a chevy pu but dont have this or any other in it [ TOMMY  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    My truck does not have onstar and had to buy the warning chime module seperately. Crutchfield will make sure you get everything you need [ Dustin  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    I have a Nissan altima it did integrate with my steering wheel controls with the adapter I purchased but only with volume up channel up and no other functions work. The head unit is great and works flawlessly other than that. [ MICHAEL J  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Feb 06, 2014 ]  Staff
    Can I hook up a back up camera to the kenwood [ Kelly  Dec 03, 2013 ]
    The Kenwood does have free map upgrades. I do not know about the video. [ ADAM J  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    The map updates are not free for the kenwood, but i love the system. And i cannot speak for the playback but kenwood is tops in my book!!! [ ALEXANDER B  Nov 20, 2013 ]
    The map updates are not free for the kenwood, but i love the system. And i cannot speak for the playback but kenwood is tops in my book!!! [ ALEXANDER B  Nov 20, 2013 ]