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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon DNX6960

The DNX6960 boasts three Graphical User Interfaces, each with its own unique appearance, so you're not stuck with one look for your receiver's face — very handy if you have multiple drivers for one vehicle.

Flagship A/V performance, plus built-in Bluetooth

Receiver in the dash

The DNX6960 navigation receiver wraps together navigation, Bluetooth®, and the stellar audio/video performance you expect from Kenwood's flagship Excelon line. And this high-performance addition to your car's system fits perfectly in the double-sized opening in your dash.

Distinctive, user-selectable GUI

A variety of GUI

Choose from a variety of screen looks

The DNX6960 boasts three Graphical User Interfaces, each with its own unique appearance, so you're not stuck with one look for your receiver's face — very handy if you have multiple drivers for one vehicle.

Garmin for easy navigation

Navigation by Garmin

Navigation by Garmin

Garmin and Kenwood Excelon have teamed up on the navigation features for the DNX6960 — a partnership that pays off in accurate, easy-to-use guidance. The receiver announces street names when you approach a turn, eliminating guesswork and letting you keep your eyes on the road. The millions of points of interest built into the database mean that you'll never be at a loss when looking for attractions and services, wherever you may be.

Bluetooth from Parrot

Hands-free calling is provided in partnership with Parrot, a leader in Bluetooth technology. Incoming calls mute your music automatically, as caller ID info shows up on the screen. You'll answer with just a tap of the finger, talking through the included visor-mount microphone and listening over the car's speakers, all while keeping your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. Bluetooth built in

Great-sounding music

Kenwood's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter delivers a crisp, clear audio signal, while the powerful internal amplifier puts some muscle behind your music. You can fine-tune your sound using the 3-band EQ and its six preset tone settings.

If you're building a system, you can add a full complement of amps and subs by plugging in to the receiver's three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs, which provide a clean, noise-free signal for outstanding sound. You can trim the frequencies going to your speakers with the built-in high- filters, while the dedicated subwoofer output includes its own low-pass crossover and level control.

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

System building and expansion

rear panel

You can augment your entertainment options by adding a satellite radio tuner to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music. Kenwood's optional HD Radio™ tuner brings you enhanced digital sound quality and additional programming choices from the growing list of participating AM and FM stations.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter 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.

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

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD/CD player with internal amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen
    • 3 user-selectable GUI (Graphical User Interfaces)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • fits double-sized (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in navigation with maps of Canada, USA, and Puerto Rico
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA/AAC files on disc
    • plays JPEGs on CD, DVD, or USB
    • 3-band EQ with six preset tone curves
    • dual-zone operation
    • works with with Kenwood iPod adapter, HD Radio™ tuner, and satellite radio
    • inputs: USB input, front-panel A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    Great system. No whistles and bells, but the Garmin navigation makes up for it. Little slow booting up. I have another kenwood in another truck and its slow also. Must be system. Overall highly recommend.

    Karate, Hickory, NC

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-DV331 wireless remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Microphone with attached 9.75' cable (has a minijack connector)
    • Magnetic base GPS antenna with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Ferite core
    • Two 4" wire-ties
    • Cable clamp
    • Self-adhesive magnetic plate
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • Installation manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty card
    • GPS Navigation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • "Help? Troubleshooting" note
    • Warranty Card (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (30 Reviews)

    Very Pleased

    Dan from Las Vegas on 1/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought it as a refurbished. Looked great out of the box with all wiring,manuals, and extras. Installed it myself and WOW! It is awesome. Have used it for about 2 month but so far I am very pleased. As a bonus the factory speakers in my 2008 Ridgeline got a great kick in power. Boot up time has not been an issue (about 10 seconds). GPS is easy (I have owned 3 Garmins before). Still have to figure out a few things (i.e. wide/panoramic view of the Rear view cam). But overall I am extremely pleased. I have owned Pioneers before so I was worried about Kenwood's interface. I was wrong. Intuitive and looks great. Sweeet Ipod interface, has worked 100%. Very good bluetooth. I recommend this unit.

    Pros: User friendly, familiar Garmin controls, great power, easy to adjust sound.

    Cons: Shiny thin plastic frame looks a bit on the cheap; still figuring out all functions (i.e. rear view cam setup). small clock.

    DNX6960 in 2003 VW Jetta

    Dan H from Phoenix, AZ on 5/15/2011

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I started looking for a new head unit for my car after my plug-n-play Kenwood SIRIUS Tuner stopped working after 7 years of trouble free operation. I had initially looked at the Pioneer AVIC units, but after reading some of the reviews about problems with the GPS system and various defects I chose to go with the Kenwood DNX6960. I already have a Garmin Nuvi unit so I know the quality of the GPS system, and I have always had success with Kenwood products. The website did not recommend this unit as a good fit for my vehicle, but I took a chance. Crutchfield automatically added all the adapters/connectors that I would need for the install. I added the SIRIUS tuner interface with Kenwood adapter cable. I did purchase the iPod adapter cable from an outside source. The install went well. The hardest part was locating the GPS antenna at the center of the dash, which really wasn't that hard. The final appearance is very stock looking. I like having the combination of touch-face and some standard "manual" controls. The menus are very straight-forward and intuitive. I had the colors and standard set-up completed in a few minutes. I am planning on adding the Live Traffic System in the future, but haven't really needed it. I am not planning on using the back-up camera function since I have a small car with good visibility out the back. The DNX6960 unit does take a few seconds to start up, but I have found that it is faster than the reported 20 seconds.



    Great Product

    Bob from Palm Desert, CA on 4/23/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit, along with the Sirius Sat. Radio module, Live Traffic update module, and an extra remote control. I had the unit professionally installed in my 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. The installation took 7 days as the car is hand made resulting in a lot of unusual complexities. Not only does the unit look good, but it works perfectly. I already had a hand held Garmin Nuvi so I was very familiar with the Garmin GPS. I would highly recommend the Kenwood DNX6960 to anyone as you will definitely get your money worth.



    NAV Great, System so so

    Kev from NJ on 4/4/2011

    I just had it installed 3 days ago. The GPS is great (I've had Garmin products in the past, so I'm very familiar). A few things about the unit drive me nuts. The brightness of the unit, at night its way too bright, the dimmer seems to do nothing. During the day on a cloudy day it's ok but if it's sunny the glare on the screen is horribly, if I'm wearing my polarized sunglasses forget it, I can't even see the screen. Is there an anti-glare film or something I can put on it? The other thing is the clock, this is the only clock in my vehicle, and its way to small, with the screen glare and all I can barely see it. Maybe a software fix can be created to enlarge it, and or change the colors and brightness of the screen. The Bluetooth doesn't sync with my phone automatically every time I enter the vehicle. Maybe 1 in 3 times it doesn't. It's very annoying. If it weren't for the GPS I'd rate this unit a 2 out 5, because of the GPS I give it a 3.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960

    Karate from Hickory, NC on 4/1/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system. No whistles and bells, but the Garmin navigation makes up for it. Little slow booting up. I have another kenwood in another truck and its slow also. Must be system. Overall highly recommend.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960 Needs Some Work

    Matt from Cleveland, Ohio on 3/15/2011

    2003 Toyota 4Runner

    This unit is a nice system. This is my first in dash nav unit & the installation wasn't bad. Bluetooth works great. The best feature is the garmin, it is very user friendly & always accurate. The ipod and dvd playback is great as expected and its nice to not have to worry about my ipod being charged, it does all that through the adapter. Now comes the part on why I gave it only 3 stars.....You can control the brightness of unit, except for the navigation. I find it very bright driving at night sometimes and to be honest its pretty distracting. This unit doesnt have the feature to control brightness, but i know garmin makes units with that option. (the garmin nuvi in my work truck lets me change it) Maybe if i update the software it will let me but i doubt it. The other major flaw with this unit is the radio reception. Now this may only be with my vehicle (03 4Runner), but I barely get any radio reception and I even have the antenna booster hooked up correctly. All crutchfield could do was tell me to make sure it was hooked up and i knew it was because the reception got a little better after i did but its still pretty bad. Maybe I'll go to sirius in the future. Again, it may just be my vehicle. Hope this review helps, like the unit in many ways but those two things really make me wonder if i should of went a different route for the long run.



    Kenwood DNX6960 20 seconds to spare

    Dan from Phoenix, AZ on 3/6/2011

    2001 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty neat overall. The Garmin navigation was the deciding factor to go with this unit over a cheaper one. I use Garmin in aviation and auto applications and this one is pretty much the same, though it does have a few newer features, which I like. The unit doesn't come up until about 20 seconds after engine start. It's like waiting for the computer to start up, that's the longest 20 seconds of your life. I knew this from previous reviews of different, similar Kenwood products, but purchased it anyway. It is not 20 seconds to "warm up" or something, it takes 20 seconds regardless of the situation. Turn the ign off then back on.... 20 more seconds. My Blue Tooth has synced automatically every time except one. It seems to work good though I have never used BT before and have nothing with which to compare it. I purchased a bypass from Ebay ($15) so that I can use all the features while I drive, that works great and was easy to hook up as was the whole stereo. I used the tech line twice and they were great. I still haven't figured out the DVD yet. There has to be a simpler way to fast-forward, rewind and etc, maybe I just haven't found it. I don't think it is very intuitive. Some things are just over complicated and the instructions aren't good enough. So why did I give it 4 stars? Because it is really slick and the problems I am having are probably operator errors. You will enjoy this unit if you have some time to spare, 20 seconds at a time.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960

    kenwood821 from niskayuna, NY on 3/4/2011

    2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace and upgrade the factory cd player. This is my 10th Kenwood stereo, and so far the best. Great options/features and great bang for the buck. I installed the unit in my 2008 Ford F250SD, no problems great directions from Crutchfield. I also opted for the iPod adaptor (which ended up not working but was replaced free and the new one works fine), let me just say it works great. Flawless link with my iPod and iPhone at the same time. I can't say enough good things about Kenwood or Crutchfield, both were great. Highly recommend both. Side note the built in Garmin works better then my stand alone Garmin.



    Great design, processor needs more chutzpah

    Tom from Boston, MA on 2/26/2011

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

    Installed unit about 6 months ago to replace factory nav which failed (and cost more to fix than refurb Kenwood). Sound and nav are both excellent, no more "nanny" features that haunt the factory unit. Graphics and user interface are also nicer than factory, so very happy overall. Only gripe is the processor speed. Unit takes a good 20-30 seconds to boot up (particularly annoying if listening to radio on ACC with the vehicle stopped, then you start the engine and wait 20-30 seconds for the sound to return). Also freezes if you pick through the iPod selections too quickly for the album art to load, which is only fixed by rebooting the unit. I've downloaded the latest software from both Kenwood and Garmin, but without improvement. Eventually you adjust to it, but it's much slower than the average smart phone, so how much can it cost to upgrade the processor, Kenwood? Anybody who still has a PC with a floppy drive will have no problem with it, but I doubt most of those folks are the target audience for an "Excelon" in-dash nav unit.



    Good product

    Royale Phoenix Inc from Elkhart, IN on 2/24/2011

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the GPS, no issues there. Kenwood screens are intuitive - only issue is it is difficult to navigate away from "full screen mode" for Video or USB device. Wish the Navigation screen could be sent to the Video Out, as well as the Reverse camera. Other than those issues, it is a good product.



    Just what I was looking for.

    Wally from Duluth, GA on 1/30/2011

    At first, I thought I wanted a new car with all the new bells and whistles like bluetooth and in-dash navigation. Then I realized that the Kenwood DNX6960 would let me afford all those features without having to buy a new car. In fact the 6960 has iPod support which is lacking in many of the new Toyotas. Installation was a breeze for my carand the diagrams provided by Crutchfield were great. I have removed my factory head unit in the past and I would recommend the use of a plastic putty knife to remove the trim pieces around the radio. One it was in, I found the learing curve for this unit is a bit steep but I'm finally getting the hang of it. Overall, I am very pleased with all aspects of it and would recommend it to everyone.



    Great Unit

    Allen from Lufkin, TX on 1/24/2011

    2006 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a great product! I replaced my factory GM radio in our 2006 yukon with the Kenwood and it works very well. It was a tight squeeze to get it in the dash, but it looks great. The touchscreen is awesome and the sound quality is amazing. The GPS feature works very well also. My only complaint is the bluetooth. It doesn't seem to be able to connect automatically, and the person on the other line can hardly hear me. Other than that, I'm very pleased. Well worth the money!



    Excellent In-Dash Navigation Unit

    The Stig from The Test Track on 1/15/2011

    The in-dash navigation arena is slowly, but surely getting a little more crowded as demand rises for such aftermarket features. Kenwood has a couple of units that may be more feature-rich out of the box, and while this particular one is not a perfect 10, it is very close. The high points are the navigation (from Garmin), iPod control (more on that later), built-in Bluetooth for hands-free phoning, variable button illumination (including the ability to match to the lighting of your dashboard), and in general, the interface is crisp, clear, and easy to use. Transition between sources is almost seamless, and start-up time is not so long that it's bothersome. I didn't like that you needed a separate cable for iPod use, though iPod control was fairly intuitive with this device. iPod navigation has one quirk: in Genre search, it lists the albums in genre, rather than the artists in genre, however, A-Z search for all lists, artist link, and the ability to go "up" while in lists made up for it. Perhaps, the one, and only true complaint I have of this unit is the fact that so many features are locked by the parking brake sensor. I understand it for DVD video as it is illegal in many places, but I was almost convinced some Bluetooth phone features were not working at all until I learned they were locked by the brake. Sometimes you can be "too safe", and that's funny coming from a Volvo driver like me.



    The Good and the Bad

    gary_in_sf from San Francisco, CA on 12/17/2010

    The good: The AM and FM tuners, NAV and optional Sirius tuner all work beautifully, I have no complaints. Once a call is set up and in progress the bluetooth works fine, but calling out is another issue ... The bad: 1) The Bluetooth phone controller is slightly better than awful. It auto-syncs to my iPhone about half the time, and the other times I have to navigate through several clumsy menu layers to sync manually. Also I'd prefer a single button to activate my iPhone's VoiceControl feature (kind of like how a headphone works) rather than have to, again, navigate through clumsy menus to make a call. Oh, and why on earth did they provide a giant pink phone as the symbol to disconnect a call --- it kind of gives my Honda the ambiance of a Barbie Corvette. 2) Except for the NAV, the User Interface on this unit is poor. The buttons are too small. Configurable buttons (like tuner presets) can't be labeled. The clock is so small as to be nearly invisible. NAV GUI (by Garmin) is pretty good, though not as good as stand-alone Garmin units; for some reason they label the map with street names very sparingly. Summary: I'm moderately pleased with this unit but for the price, in retrospect, I wish I'd looked more closely at other options.



    Great unit but...

    Nate from Baltimore, MD on 11/29/2010

    Just installed the system yesterday and love it; sounds great and love the fast responding screen but, there are somethings I would were better. 1- I HATE how I have to purchase the Kenwood KCA-iP301V cord just to use my iPhone 4. 2- Everytime I get in my car, I have to press buttons to get the bluetooth to sync. Why not automatically sync? 3- All the safety limits to prevent you operating certain features while driving is annoying. 4- Start up time could be a little faster. Over all, not much to gripe about, nothing is a real show stopper.



    Outstanding Service, Outstanding Product!

    FrankR from O fallon, IL on 11/9/2010

    2005 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit and Crutchield made it so easy to install that even a caveman could do it! I soldered the radio/adapter together in my house so when I installed the head unit I didn't need to do any soldering in my 2005 Mercury Mountaineer. I received a free camera with my purchase and it works great. The head unit instantly displays the area behind the vehicle when I put the vehicle in reverse. I am building a nice box to install my two sub woofers. The DVD player has great resolution and sound. The garmin nav feature is awesome, much beteer than my standalone garmin. The bluetooth features are really nice. The head unit detected my phone so all I needed to do was to register the phone with the head unit. I was talking in less than 5 minutes and my friends said my voice was crystal clear when talking to them through the head unit. I gotta tell you, this deck is awesome! Oh, got a card in the mail today from Crutchfield thanking me for buying my car stereo through them.



    6960 in a 350z

    Jose from Baltimore,Maryland on 11/9/2010

    2008 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This headunit makes even the stock speakers in my 350z sound good. There are tons of features. I especially like the crossover/tuning capabilities of this headunit. 3 preamp outputs are great...Navigation is simple. About the only CON I can think of is the 25 second load time from the time you turn it on. Don't hesitate to get this headunit.



    Great unit but won't download iPhone 3G address book

    Adam from Michigan on 10/31/2010

    I got this unit yesterday and really like it. The iPod integration is top notch, the GPS is from Garmin who I believe to be the best. GPS in the unit is very accurate too. Overall, with 15-20 minutes of fooling around I was able to master all the controls of the DNX6960. My only issue with the unit was that it couldn't download the address book from my iPhone 3G (software version 4.1). The phone paired with the unit instantly (awesome!) but would not download my address book. The letters "DL" would show up at the top of the telephone screen for 3-4 seconds and disappear. But the address book button was greyed out. I can still do hands free calling but I have to dial from my phone first. If I can figure this out I will let everyone know and rate the unit 5 stars.



    Great Tuner - But!

    MIK22 from Melbourne, FL on 10/28/2010

    Love almost everything about this unit (especially that it uses Garmin) but they advertise that you can hook up hd radio which I use, and Sirus sat radio - this is a misnomer - non of the Kenwood units allow you to use both an hd radio tuner and an XM/Sirus unit. You must pick one or the other which is not listed in their ads or manuals. Olny found out after install by calling Sirus and Kenwood! If you can live with one and not the other - it's a great unit!



    Dollar for dollar best head unit around!

    RobertK from Lafayette,NJ on 10/19/2010

    2007 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Beautifully lit head unit, no bad lighting choices or locations, the buttons are wellplaced and the sheer number of features are impressive. Im replacing an excelon 8017. Although this head unit does not have the sound contouring options the 8017 did, it nonetheless is a very capable head unit. especfially considering the price and what it comes with. look closely at others youll find this unit comes with EVERYTHING you want. garmin nav(the best), blue tooth, awesome ipod control, an extra usb control, front audio, great preout voltage, great bluetooth functionality and all of that built in no module adding like alpine or pioneer.



    Excellent factory replacement head unit

    bigjimt from New Jersey on 9/19/2010

    2010 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently leased a CRV but as I am very tall I could not get a sunroof so i had to get the LX instead of EX. A blessing in disguise as rather than keep Honda factory unit I bought the Kenwood Excelon 6960. I had it professionally installed by a local place. All features work great - Garmin, Sirius, rearview camera, ipod, bluetooth phone. One important note on bluetooth phone - I spent two hours reading manual for my Droid 2 and Kenwood, reading blogs etc as the address book would not sync and direct dial would not work. Well, I then called Crutchfield rep and learned it DID sync, but it was grayed out because as a safety feature these two items are ONLY accessible when the EMERGENCY parking brake is engaged! I guess not a problem as if a passenger wants to dial, can do so from the Droid. while driving, the recent incoming / outgoing calls are available on the head unit, so you can just one-touch dial those contacts. But again, overall this unit is fantastic. I especially like the hard button in addition to the touchpad icons. And I love all the info detail when my ipod is connected. And the sound of all music is great even with the factory honda speaker. You can get cheaper elsewhere, but Crutchfield provides all the installation attachments, and they answer questions - which is well worth the price!



    Very pleased with unit

    John_S from Illinois on 8/28/2010

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit. Very pleased with it. I was already familiar with Garmin so the GPS was exactly what I wanted. The only reason that I could not give it five stars is because you can only hookup one KAB device. For instance you can not hookup a xm receiver and a HD radio receiver, its one or the other. Installation in my 2010 Silverado was easy. I spliced the wire harness together the night before and had planned my insallation so that when I got started the next day it only took about an hour. An earlier reviewer advised to use the Metra trim kit and I agree, much better. Also, there is an adapter wire you can buy elsewhere that alows you to use the GM Sharkfin XM antenna you already have so you don't have to use the xm antenna supplied with the xm kit, making istallation faster and cleaner. Very pleased with the unit. Thank you Crutchfield.



    Nice unit overall

    Jay K from Portland, OR on 6/23/2010

    2010 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit from Crutchfield in April and installed it in a 2010 CR-V LX. The install wasn't too bad... probably 5-6 hours total. The plastic bezel they included felt a bit wimpy for such a heavy unit, but the unit seems secure. Start-up time is 28sec from power-on to main menu. The display is very nice - high resolution, wide viewing angle, and readable in all lighting I've run into. This model has the largest screen I could find on a unit with a mechanical volume knob. The touchscreen works well and the unit is responsive. Navigation works well. The GPS antenna has to stay inside the car (it's not weatherproof), but GPS acquisition is pretty fast. Playing music from a USB flash drive worked well except for some large drives it couldn't read. DVD playback worked fine but you need to use the remote to get to all the controls. The unit doesn't reliably pair to my iPhone (a 3GS running OS 3.1.3). I called Kenwood and they said I already have the latest bluetooth software but they haven't tested it with 3.1.3. They recommended downgrading my iPhone. No thanks - I'll wait for them to catch up with my nearly five-month-old OS. Once paired, however, the hands-free calling works well. My unit has ver 1.1.0 system software, 3.60 bluetooth and 2.10 navigation.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960

    andrew from Los Angeles, CA on 6/19/2010

    I selected the Kenwood because I like the Garmin Navigation. I wish I had done more research, because although Garmin Nav is very good, other aspects are lacking. On the other end of the scale is the iPod control. The designers had to work very hard to complicate the simplicity of an iPod. Perhaps they were afraid copying the iPods controls would be some sort of infringement. Clunky and not easy to control while driving. Ok, that's the weakest feature. The Stereo is very good. I opted for the digital radio add on. The sound quality when digital signal is available (still not available everywhere) is noticeably better. The sound customization is great and allows you to adjust just about every aspect of sound to suit your particular car. I like the ability to change the "skin" so it matches the color of your instrumentation (green, blue, red). I've had problems with the bluetooth, but I can't say it's not my phone because that is a possibility. The problem I found in general, while trying to evaluate head units in this price range, is no brick and mortar retailers have any selection in stock so that you can evaluate and use before buying. In summary, now that I've test driven this unit, I would buy something else if I could do it again and perhaps give up the Garmin Nav for better a iPod interface.



    Very Happy

    Jim from Texas on 6/6/2010

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the 6960 for my '05 Ford F250. Install was quite easy and I haven't done one of these before. I also purchased the SWI-JACK interface. It was easy to hook up too, but I had to program it 3 times before I got it right (the "next" button still isn't pauses instead of skiping to the next track). The 6960 has a great screen, and the interface is pretty simple. I had some trouble getting my iPhone 3GS to automatically download the phonebook, but it works now (don't know what I did). Custom backgrounds took some help and it appears you have to be in "stand by" mode to change the pictures. The sound is great and I'm just using the factory speakers, but it's much improved. I added the iPod cable and everything works great. GPS is awesome and very accurate. The maps seem to be very current but I haven't drivin that much yet. The only thing that can get annoying is the constant turn reminders interupting music. Overall I'm very pleased with this unit. There are a lot of nice features and the performance thus far is excellent. My only complait was the supplied mounting bracket. I was very difficult to get the DIN sleeve into the supplied bracket. I was affraid it was going to break so take your time if it's tight.



    great head unit

    HERMAN from louisburg, nc on 6/6/2010

    this is a great set up. the faceplate is fixed so there aren't any worries about ribbon cables breaking and faceplates not operating correctly. simple to use and you have handsfree calling, navigation, radio, cd and dvd that works great plus a backup camera option that works automatically when installed. installation is simple.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960

    Nancy from Suwanee, GA on 5/24/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this head unit in my 2010 Nissan Altima. This unit is very easy to use and navigation works great. Real nice improvement over the stock headunit both in look and sound. If I had to do it over again I'd pick it in a heartbeat.



    Amazing, Sound, Menus & Control

    dave from Elkridge MD on 3/7/2010

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

    Replaced my 2003 Mustang Mach 1000 head unit and kept the factory speakers, tweeters and dual 10" subs. Sound Quality: Very customizable! After getting the correct cross over set, telling the unit what type of speakers you have, and adjusting the EQ the sound delivered is nothing short of stunning. After initial install the unit sounded terrible, you must check and set it up for your installation, then the thing just comes to life. One setting that is quite useful is the ability the adjust the sound as to the center of your cars cabin. Navigation is quick, and just like my portable suction cup Garmin. If you are used to Garmin units you will fall right in place with this units interface. USB memory / MP3 playback: Interface is near perfect for me, very intuitive. Could figure out what everything was before pressing the button and was quite obvious. While in NAV mode a banner at the bottom displays your music info, you can press it to quickly control music. While in music mode the banner at the bottom shows NAV info allowing you to tap it to get back to the NAV map quickly. They put a of thought into this interface. Telephone bluetooth works very well with my Android, phonebook, missed calls, call log everything synced perfectly. I could go on and on about the sound quality, features, the interface, suffice to say it is an excellent unit.



    Kenwood Excelon DNX6960

    Chris from El Paso, TX. on 2/14/2010

    2009 Chrysler 300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you have a 09 Chrysler 300C and thinking about getting this, purchase a Dremel and a hack saw along with it. Expect to spend about a 1/2 hour cutting plastic. The antanna adapter that came with the free install gear was a little off also. I jacked my factory plug trying to plug them into each other. The unit its self is exactly what the specs say. Nav is spot on and easy to use. The bluetooth is clear as a bell and easy to use. The music sounds great and the display is easy to read. Menues are a little slow, I find myself hitting the screen twice sometimes. I am happy with the unit but expected more from Crutchfield.



    Great GPS unit

    Arnold from Columbia, MD on 2/9/2010

    I purchased this unit rather than the factory subaru GPS and saved about 1000 after installation. GPS is accurate at high speeds and low speeds (driving in Baltimore, and I- 95). It has done a pretty good job getting me around so far, and the detour function is nice. MicroSD card slot on the unit allows for quick firmware and map updates. Radio sounds good. Not much to say about that, to be honest, it's just radio. One point about cosmetics: the unit looks pretty much factory, and with the adjustable light setting, you can match the unit's button lights with your car's existing interior lights. The unit has one aux plug up front, but the store I got mine installed at was able to use the aux plug in my armrest as well, so I have two now. The bluetooth phone function works perfectly. I've made a couple calls and received several calls, no issues there. The system downloaded my phonebook and the mike is pretty unintrusive. Boot time is about 10-15 seconds. Once the unit is booted and going, navigation around the menus is pretty quick. Bottom line, I was worried about getting the aftermarket unit because I've seen GPS units where maps were old and slow. No complaints about this one though - it's by far one of the nicest Nav/Phone/Radio units I've ever used. Definitely recommend.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input 2
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 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 Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Display Features
    Built-In Navigation
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    General Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 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.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 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 touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is not panel to slide or fold-down.

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

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

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

    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, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Chinese.

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

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

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

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light on the front-panel of the headunit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    Built-In Navigation

    Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation technology and NAVTEQ mapping software, the Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico which includes over 6 million Points of Interest. You can follow calculated on-screen routes to your destination using the headunit's built-in navigation software. As you travel, the DNX6960's navigation system guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows, and directions along the top of the map. Your route is marked with a highlighted line and an arrow, while your destination is marked with a checkered flag.

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

    GPS Antenna: The DNX6960 comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-ANT input on the back of the headunit. The unit also comes supplied with a self-adhesive magnetic base if you are having trouble finding a flat metal surface to mount the antenna.

    Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. The DNX6960 also features pre-recorded voices, which have a limited vocabulary and do not speak names of locations or streets.

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

    • Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
    • Go Home: Store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location
    • Address: Input your destination address by house number, street, and city.
    • Cities: Allows you to search by city's name.
    • Intersection: Allows you to search where to streets intersect.
    • Routes: Allows you to select from previously created routes.
    • Coordinates: Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
    • Phone Number: Allows you to search your destination by enter the place's phone number.
    • Recently Found: Choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints.
    • Favorites: You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later.
    • Points-of-Interest: Allows you to search for over 6-millions points of interest in the following categories: Food and Drink, Lodging, Fuel, Transit, Shopping, Bank or ATM, Parking, Entertainment, Recreation, Attractions, Hospitals, Community, or Auto Services. The "Spell Name" feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name.
    • Extras: You can manually load custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones. The navigation system can notify you when you approach one of these points (Proximity Alert). You can download the custom POIs onto a CD-R or DVD-/+R, which can then be loaded into the unit's disc-slot.

    Search Modes: The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNX6960 search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.

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

    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.

    2D/3D Map: 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).

    Color Modes: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two).

    Route Preference: Selects the preference for your calculation between Faster Time, Shorter Distance, Less Fuel, or Off Road.

    Avoidance Setup: This feature allows you to enter specific areas and roads to avoid in your routes. You can choose to avoid U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Traffic, Ferries, Carpool Lanes, or Unpaved Roads.

    Auto Reroute: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions.

    Detour: The navigation system attempts 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 DNX6960 might not calculate a detour.

    Turn Pages: The following pages help guide you along the turns of your calculated route.

    • Turn-List: When you are navigating a route, the Turn List page displays turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route and the distance between turns.
    • Next Turn: When you are navigating a route, the Next Turn page shows the turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn.

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

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

    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) about your vehicle.

    • Fuel Report: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX6960 calculates the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
    • ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The high your overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You overall score is the average of these three scores:
      • Acceleration: Gain points for gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid acceleration.
      • Deceleration: Gain points for gradual braking; lose points for hard braking.
      • Speed: Gain points for driving at the best speed for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
    • 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 is created for every route that you drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is crated for the distance you traveled.
    • Less Fuel Routes: The Less Fuel rote is calculated based on speed limit and acceleration data.

    Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.

    Traffic Information Ready: The Kenwood DNX6960 allows you to add-on either a TMC traffic receiver or a NAVTEQ traffic receiver (both sold separately) to get up-to-date, real-time traffic information over FM broadcast.

    • NAVTEQ Traffic Receiver: The optional Kenwood KNA-NT100 NAVTEQ Traffic Receiver (113KNANT10, sold separately) receives real-time traffic data from NAVTEQ and displays it Kenwood in-dash navigation headunit's video display. Real-time traffic is delivered over FM radio using a radio data system (RDS) sub-carrier channel. The NAVTEQ Traffic receiver's data is designed for seamless integration with the headunit's digital map content. NAVTEQ Traffic provides comprehensive, reliable nationwide coverage with traffic flow conditions and speed values. It notifies you of unplanned incidents such as accidents and stalled vehicles, as well as planned incidents such as road construction and closures.
    • TMC (Traffic Message Channel) Receiver: Using an optional GTM-10 Kenwood FM Traffic Receiver (sold separately), the navigation system can receive, display, and use traffic information. The FM TMC traffic receiver receives traffic information that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The traffic map shows color-coded traffic flow and delays on nearby roads. When a traffic message is receive, you can see the event on the map an change your route to avoid the traffic incident. When calculating your route, the navigation system examines the current traffic and automatically optimizes the route for the shortest time.

    Note: A subscription is required to receive the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) service. Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there is no subscription fee. Service is offered in 80 US Markets.

    Tools: The DNX6960 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.
    • 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.

    Software/Map Data Updates: To update the navigation software, you must have a microSD card, a microSD card reader, and an Internet connection. The navigation system will provide periodic notification at startup when the preloaded maps are considered out of date. You can purchase a microSD card of updated map data from Garmin.

    Note: The unit's microSD card slot is located on the front-panel. The microSD card is only used for software and map updates, and cannot be used to playback audio/video content.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and USB media, the DNX6960 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 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 DNX6960 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

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

    System Q EX Sound Control: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Flat, and User (you may store your own settings under the User Memory EQ curve). Each preset has its own adjustment for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass (100Hz), middle (1kHz), and treble (10kHz) levels only from +/-8dB.

    3 Sets of Preamp Outputs: The DNX6960 features front, rear, and subwoofer 5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear preamp outputs feature fade control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels (using either speaker level or preamp output), there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no filter). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output provides a low-pass crossover filter (40/60/80/100/120/150/180/220Hz), phase (normal/reverse), and independent volume control (-50 to +10).

    Dolby Digital: The DNX6960 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

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

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

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

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q-EX, and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, Aux, Ext. Device).

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

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

    Radio Functions

    CR-2 Tuner: The DNX6960 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC) for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

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

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

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

    • Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package item number 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver (all sold separately). SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
    • XM: A portable XM Satellite Radio receiver can be connected to the headunit via its auxiliary input.

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

    HD Radio Ready: The DNX6960 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time the iPod is connected to iTunes the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

    External Tuner Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the headunit's KAB port.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder (65,025 maximum number of files and folders). During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays song, artist, and album information (up to 128 characters). The unit supports ID3 Tag version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.

    JPEG/MPEG Playback: This unit can play back JPEG (Baseline format: 8192 x 7680, Progressive format: 1600 x 1200) still image files recorded onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, and CD-R/W discs. The unit also supports video playback of MPEG1 (352 x 240, 362 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480, 720 x 576) NTSC video files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.

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

    List Select: The List Select function allows you to search folders and audio/video/pictures files stored on a disc.

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

    Playback Screen: 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 briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.

    Direct Search: By entering its number with the included remote control you can directly access title, chapter, time, track, channel, or frequency.

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

    Zoom: The DNX6960 features a 4 level zoom (1, 2, 3, or 4x) when playing back video and still images.

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

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) audio files; as well as JPEG (8192 x 7680 pixels base format/1600 x 1200 progressive format) still-picture files. The DNX6960 also supports video playback of MPEG1 (352 x 240 or 352 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480 or 720 x 576) video files from a connected portable USB mass-storage player, USB thumb drive, or portable digital audio player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The head unit can recognize up to 8 folder layers, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 65,025 total files. The unit can also support up to a maximum of 7,000 files per playlist. The unit will display any recorded song, artist, and album information stored on your connected USB device (up to 128 characters. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the DNX6960 and the unit is turned on.

    iPod High Speed Connection: The navigation headunit's USB port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone devices when used with the optional KCA-iP301V adapter (113IP301V, sold separately). One end of this cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the eXcelon DNX6960. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod/iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm minijack connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960. 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.

    • USB Connection: The USB direct connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP301V (3-Wire) interface. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large media library to be loaded instantly to the navigation headunit.
    • Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood multimedia headunit supports both audio/video playback from your compatible iPod or iPhone. Using the optional Kenwood iPod/iPhone connector cable (sold separately), you can enjoy audio/video playback of music and movie files stored on your iPod or iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Media Navigation: Controlling your iPod/iPhone from the eXcelon DNX6960 is seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP301V cable. The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, and Podcast; or your video library by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, and Rented Movie (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). The eXcelon DNX6960 also offers Link Search, which searches for other songs of the currently selected artist.
    • Music Information Display: The eXcelon DNX6960 also supports metadata display of music stored on your iPod/iPhone. The multimedia headunit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, Album Title and Album Art.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 and the KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of June 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    AV Connections

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

    Video/Camera Input: The DNX6960 is equipped with a built-in video/camera input with a composite video jack on the rear-chassis of the unit. This composite video terminal can be used to connect an external video source without audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-200 (113CMOS200, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

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

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) with a range of 32.8 ft and supports the following profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), and SYNC (Synchronization Profile). The unit's touchscreen controls can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The DNX6960 can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The DNX6960 also supports Call Waiting which allows you to answer another incoming call with the current call suspended. The unit comes with an external microphone with adjustable gain so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the other party through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Your cell phone must be paired with the DNX6960 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones (only one paired phone can be used at a time). You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Using the DNX6960, 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.
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DNX6960. Up to 1000 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 for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Call Log: The Call Log 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.
      • Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
      • Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
      • Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
    • Voice Dialing: If your phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. You can register up to 35 voice tags (audio sound is not output during voice recognition).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled cell-phones will be compatible. Please visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Remote Control: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX6960 comes with an IR wireless remote control (RC-DV331) which can be used to operate all the functions of the multimedia headunit wirelessly (except for disc eject). A slide switch allows you to switch between the control modes for the built-in DVD/CD player, external video source, external audio source, and Navigation.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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