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Improved navigation for 2012
Kenwood's put speed front and center for their 2012 in-dash navigation lineup. The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD navigation receiver offers a user interface that's extremely fast, while Garmin's navigation software provides easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with over 6 million POIs. Plus, Kenwood's added Photo Real junction views so you'll know exactly what upcoming intersections will look like

Improved navigation for 2012
Kenwood's put speed front and center for their 2012 in-dash navigation lineup. The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD navigation receiver offers a user interface that's extremely fast, while Garmin's navigation software provides easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with over 6 million POIs. Plus, Kenwood's added Photo Real junction views so you'll know exactly what upcoming intersections will look like

Garmin navigation

The DNX6990HD uses NAVTEQ's traffic info to ensure that you've got up-to-the-minute data at your command. The receiver provides automatic rerouting around congestion and road closures in over 90 cities in the US and Canada. When you're not in a metro area that's covered, it calculates routes based on historical traffic data, so you'll still get where you're going faster.

PANDORA® Internet radio for iPhone®, Android, and Blackberry
Once you use Kenwood's audio/video cable (not included) to connect your iPhone to the DNX6990HD, you'll be able to control your PANDORA stations from the receiver's touchscreen. The touchscreen makes it easy to find the stations you want to hear, and you can give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" with a flick of your finger.

If you're an Android or Blackberry user you can enjoy Pandora® control through the receiver's Bluetooth® features. The DNX6990HD supports the Serial Port Profile (SPP), which means you can use the receiver's interface to control Pandora® when your compatible Android or Blackberry device is linked up.

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Bluetooth for safer driving
The built-in Bluetooth also supports hands-free calling — when a call comes in, you'll answer with one tap of your finger and talk to callers as if they're in the car.

HD Radio tuner
The DNX6990HD's HD Radio™ tuner lets you enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into local stations broadcasting an HD Radio signal. And there's no subscription fees for HD Radio — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

More audio and video options
You can plug your iPod® or a thumb drive into the rear USB port, and enjoy all your favorite albums and playlists. This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while a rear A/V input offers a connection for any other audio/video sources. Whatever you're listening to, this Kenwood will send a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers, and you'll have a wide range of soundshaping tools at your disposal, including a 3-band parametric equalizer.

The high-resolution VGA 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, a great way to survive long road trips.

Expand your system
You can hook up a satellite radio tuner to the receiver and access a wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music from SiriusXM. 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. The receiver's three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs will send a clean signal to your outboard amps, for maximum fidelity and minimum noise.

Good news for SYNC users
iDatalink's Maestro module allows you to install a super-fast Kenwood navigation receiver while keeping your factory-installed Ford SYNC features intact. You'll get to keep your voice commands, factory Bluetooth®, satellite radio, iPod® control, and steering wheel audio controls. The package integrates all these factory systems with your new Kenwood receiver, even optional SYNC features like 911 Assist.

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 with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Garmin navigation system (with photo-real Junction View and free traffic services)
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fixed 6.1" touchscreen
    • animated display with multiple GUI
    • Pandora control for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • iPod control: Kenwood cable required for access to audio/video content
    • 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 DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor (15A fuse installed in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Self-adhesive magnetic base
    • Remote control (RC-DV331)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Spa)
    • Quick Start Guide (Fre)
    • Warranty Card

    Radio sounds great.. Installation was a snap. Crutchfield Rep loaded my cart with everything I needed, including the SWI(steering wheel interface) for the buttons on the steering wheel. I purchased the Kenwood and installed it without a hitch. Took about 2 hours to wire, program SWI and install.

    Kahuna42, La plata, Md


    Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD Reviews

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    (58 Reviews)


    jeff from kent, wa on 9/22/2014

    I've been using this device for almost 2 years now it's been great all the way around EXCEPT the navigation. For the last two months the navigation has been extremely slow I'll drive for 20 min and it still won't finish routing. I push a nap button and it can take up to 30 sec to go to the next menu. Even after resetting the device, updating the device and map I still have the prob. DON'T BUY



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    Anonymous from Queens Village, NY on 10/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio works great however the gps locks up



    Nice system

    Anonymous from Cypress, TX on 7/10/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was straight forward using the separately purchased wiring harness. Setup went okay. Had some difficulty figuring out the settings so my phone would connect via bluetooth. Performed the software update and all went well. Garmin maps are what you'd expect. I wish it booted just a bit faster but no big deal. Would be nice if you could set and save the order of the buttons on the main menu since not all are displayed at the same time. Each time I turn it on the bottom row goes to a default position where the mode buttons I use require swiping to get to them

    Pros: Good sound. Nice interface. Mostly worked out of the box. Garmin maps

    Cons: Semi slow boot up time. Doesn't remember shuffle all from USB after power cycle. Doesn't remember mode button positions after power cycle.

    Nice fit and easy installation.

    Kahuna42 from La plata, Md on 5/22/2013

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio sounds great.. Installation was a snap. Crutchfield Rep loaded my cart with everything I needed, including the SWI(steering wheel interface) for the buttons on the steering wheel. I purchased the Kenwood and installed it without a hitch. Took about 2 hours to wire, program SWI and install.

    Pros: Great Garmin GPS. The sound is great and controls are easily learned. Did not have to read a users manual.

    Cons: Ipod hook-up. Needed a special kenwood cable to hook up with the stereo.

    good for the money

    brad from chesterfield va on 5/13/2013

    2001 Cadillac DeVille
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    title says it all. nothing to complain about. does everything the description states



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    Gene from Sacramento, CA on 3/30/2013

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Audio, easy to setup

    Pros: easy to setup applications



    raider from salem al on 3/26/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good radio. The GPS, Pandora, Bluetooth, and rear view camera work great!

    Pros: Nice unit overall

    Cons: The volume only goes to 35

    Kenwood Quality

    ppsafetyman from Phoenix on 3/16/2013

    2008 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very pleased with this Kenwood unit. It was easy to install and everything works as advertised. The radio is awesome, the dvd plays in very high quality, the phone hookup was easy and wroks fine and the Garmin GPS is # 1. The only con if there was one is the phone is a little slow to connect but after connection it works fine. 5 stars and 10 stars for Crutchfield service. I was a little confused by the hookup adaptor and Jack helped out right away and I called him back several times and each time he had the answer and I was good to go.

    Pros: Awesome display, good sound and ease of installation. Very nice unit, GPS is fast and accurate and phone works well.

    Cons: The PAC adaptor is quite confusing to figure out, there are two adaptors and it's not clear which to use. After Jack helped me and I looked closer, there is only one of the two that fits. Easy after that. The phone is slow to connect when you get in the car but works good after it connects.

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    JKL79 from Aiea, HI on 3/15/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good jus wish the boot up time was quicker. At least the rear view cam is pretty fast but would be better if it didn't say anything. Oh yeah for some reason my sub doesn't work when I Bluetooth songs from my iphone. Overall I think it's a pretty good product until further notice. Haha


    Cons: No menu of songs when listening to CDs. USB in back of unit instead of front which to me makes no sense.

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    JimD from East Alton, IL on 2/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have no major complaints, but a few minor ones. The MicroSD slot seems to just waste real estate, can't update firmware or maps using MicroSD slot. My factory radio had a clock displayed all the time, on this, even when you are on a sceen that has the clock, it is so small you can barely find and see it. I guess I'll have to find a cheap stick-on clock for my expensive radio. I wish it had the tricky guidelines for the back up camera that my wife's car has. The user interface is better than the DNX6140 I had in another car but still confusing. As far as boot up time, as long as the rear camera is available quickly it doesn't bother me. Before I'm backed out of the garage it has booted and everything is available. The Garmin nav works very well.

    Pros: Great performance so far, easy installation.

    Cons: No suitable clock visible on all screens. Useless MicroSD slot.

    Good product

    Chris from Pittsburgh, PA on 2/12/2013

    2012 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit installed in my 2012 GMC Sierra for about five and a half months now and driven 5000 miles and I'm probably going to buy another one for my other car. I do not have a rear view camera attached yet. I do not have Sirius either. I have an iPhone 4 and an iPod touch and they work well with this unit. The iPhone does not have the hardware to see text messages on the 6990 and the iPhone does not have the capability to control Pandora through bluetooth. Once the iPhone is connected, it has full Pandora controls. The Garmin nav unit is great. When using the Garmin, you can split the screen. Very nice! The Parrot bluetooth is awesome! You don't have to speak loudly. Windows up or down, doesn't matter. I can hear the other person very well and they can't even tell I'm driving. iPod controls are very nice. You can put music on a flash drive, or thumb drive and those controls are just as nice. Only played one movie for about 20 minutes, but seemed to work well. The touch screen is just fine. Not as sensitive as iPhone, but you get used to it. Some people complain about the fact it takes 30 seconds to boot up when starting your vehicle. That isn't even noticeable to me. It has powered down on me automatically about 6 or 7 times. Not sure why. Thought maybe because it was hot, but it has done it in the cold too. Not a big deal though. Every once in a while when I start my truck, the unit comes on and the fan is very loud. I just reset it.

    Pros: iPhone/iPod compatibility and controls. Bluetooth. Pandora controls. USB controls. EQ is nice. Garmin is superb

    Cons: Automatically powered down on me about 6 or 7 times in the time I've had it. A little expensive.

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    RAB from Kennewick, WA on 1/28/2013

    2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD fit perfectly in my 2006 GMC 2500HD. There was no Need to cut the mount bracket as indicated. It sits far enough back so it is not a problem. The setup was fairly straight forward. Pay a LOT of attention to the setup instructions and it will go great.

    Pros: Great Fit

    Cons: Setup Instructions are Mixed with other models and can cause some confusion

    straight up, unadulterated garbage head unit

    two-way tech from SW Louisiana on 1/27/2013

    extremely unsatisfied with my purchase. wasn't any fault of crutchfield. the audio stage setup requires a doctorate degree to get dialed in correctly, the menus are extremely counter-intuitive, and the navigation is shady at best

    Pros: gets loud when up around level 30

    Cons: sub control, audio set up, and navigation system

    Works Great

    M.Dilbert from Cincinnati, OH on 12/28/2012

    2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I looked around for a solid month reading every review and watching every YouTube video I could find on every in dash GPS unit. This is the one I ended up going with and after having it installed and using it I couldn't be happier. No issues at all, I have an IPhone 5 and it works perfectly with it (with the Kenwood iPod cable) just had to get a lightening adapter (stupid apple ha ha). I can also listen to spotify, pandora, music on my phone through Bluetooth. All works perfect, just can't see album art when doing it through Bluetooth. The navigation works great, on my way home tonight I started making wrong turns etc to see how quick it was, as good if not better than any Tom Tom or stand alone garmin I've ever owned used or seen. Touch screen is actually very responsive, it's not flawless like you get used to using smartphones these days, but you would have to be one picky fellow to complain about it in my opinion. Overall, it's fantastic and I'm happy I went with it.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great for talking and music, GPS works great just great

    Cons: I guess if I had to pick something to complain about, it would be that this costs a good chunk of change, but I didn't want a cheap system... So.... Nope, no cons

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    Scott from Charlotte, NC on 12/18/2012

    2000 Cadillac Eldorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I originally chose Kenwood so I could keep using the Garmin interface I was used to. Crutchfiled had this unit refurbished at a great price. The install went smooth and painless. I updated the unit to the latest software via USB painless operation. The unit sounds great I enjoy all the features USB, Back up cam, Blue tooth, DVD, Navigation and the limited apps. I think the UI could be more user friendly but other than that I am happy the purchase.

    Pros: Garmin

    Cons: user interface is not real friendly

    Good until you have to update....

    A.Poblete from Lakewood, WA on 12/14/2012

    I've loved this device for a year. Fairly simple to navigate. Great features with Pandora, Garmin nav with traffic updates, iPod integration, etc. Sounds great with new speakers, amp, and sub. Looks fantastic in my dash. All works to perfection... ...until you have to update your firmware and maps. Just looking at it's face, you see the microSD slot on the lower left hand corner. One would think this would be sufficient to update firmware and maps (it says Nav Maps on it, after all). But when attempting to update maps per online instructions with the microSD in, it states to insert a USB mass storage device. Upon contacting Garmin customer service, the rep said that some devices can be updated with microSD, some with USB. Mine just happened to require a USB, which is located in the rear of the unit. Um, ok?!? Plus the rep recommended I update my Kenwood firmware prior to updating my maps. But guess what...I need a USB mass storage device for that too! I had this unit professionally installed. I will say that during this ordeal I learned how to uninstall the dash trim and how to uninstall my head unit. Good for me. But I still can't get to the USB port since it's a long cord...threaded behind the dash, under the center console which then connects to a iPod integration cable that comes into the center console box. So I would have to take apart my center console just to update my maps!!!!! Wow. And what is that pretty little microSD slot on the lower left hand corner of the front of the unit doing? NOTHING! Nothing but taunting me with it's uselessness, leaving me wondering why it wasn't a USB port instead. The skinny: You'll love this device until it comes time to update the maps and firmware. Then you'll realize how incompetent the designers of this DNX6990HD really were.

    Pros: Beautiful, fairly easy to navigate common controls, familiar Garmin nav, good sound.

    Cons: Updating firmware and maps beyond more than a hassle! Wish there was a way to type in a search for song/artist/etc. Cannot use bluetooth to connect iPhone with Pandora app (was told only Android/Blackberry can), so must be connected with iPod/iPhone integration cable.


    ThatGuyThatKnows from Shoreline WA on 11/8/2012

    Superficially this is a great unit, the Kenwood developers laid the UI out fairly well, although the lack of clock in all windows is irritating. The major issue with this unit is the OS, for whatever reason, OEM's continue to use Windows Embedded. How do I know? When this unit crashes, which it does frequently, you generally get a Windows Embedded error dialog (which M$ claims should never show up). As with others, I see regular resets of my settings, favorites and address book. Even at the lowest manual setting, the unit is way too bright at night. Kenwood, if you could fix the loss of data issue, I'd be a happy camper and you'd get 4 stars... BTW, this is a much better product then MyFordTouch product I could have installed in this vehicle....

    Pros: Nice UI, fairly easy to navigate.

    Cons: Constant crashes, Windows Embedded OS, slow (due to the windows OS). Clock only displays on certain windows. Lack of updates by Kenwood.


    Dave from Colorado Springs, CO on 11/4/2012

    I bought this unit in February 2012 for a '06 Toyota Sienna XLE. Kenwood has updated the firmware every 2 months and the updates have improved the navigation and operation significantly. Very clean sound; excellent control options. I rate it highly for features, sound, and quality. Garmin Navigation works very well. Cons: The menus and manual are not completely intuitive and a bit frustrating. Bluetooth system is very clean and clear, but phone connect time is slow (up to a minute for registered phone to pair). Switching to another phone is slow and awkward from the HU. Watch for updates and install them. I would give it 5 Stars if the learning curve was not so unnecessarily difficult.

    Pros: Full feature set and control options. Great sound.

    Cons: Manual and menus. Key info missing (ex: BT Setup that makes system default to front speakers only--buried in menus)

    Great value

    Scherzz from Tustin, CA on 11/1/2012

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got the refurbered unit and for the price it was a bread deal.

    Pros: Value, Garmin GPS

    Cons: Have not been able to update from the front panel micro SD card (GPS or Firmware) meaning I have to open the dash to update. I wish it had a tuning knob. (Pros exceed the cons.

    DNX6990HD keeps me very entertained.

    DavidM from Phoenix, AZ on 10/8/2012

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

    Consumer Reports just rated Crutchfield the number 1 online store and I agree. Incredibly helpful in picking out products and making sure you have everything you need. Tech support open until midnight, answer the phone within a minute and have the answers. Awesome. Receiver is great. I'm sure if you're good at this stuff a 2.5 hour install is reasonable but it took me about 10. I had two satellite antennas, (XM and GPS) I placed on dashboard which acquire a signal and hold it better than my roof mount factory Sirius antenna. I had the rearview camera to chase through firewall and connect to power. I had the ext. microphone to run up the pillar. And the dual wiring harnesses with the steering wheel control mechanism but it's all working. GPS acquires very fast. Unit is slow to startup I agree with others that could be a bit faster. I have an iPod hooked up, Pandora, streaming bluetooth, a 32gb MicroSD card, HD radio, and XM. If that's not enough music choices I don't know what is. I love that I can watch a DVD while I'm waiting in the car. GPS is good. I patched the firmware easily with USB. I enjoy my rear view camera for hooking my Frontier to my boat. I decided to keep my '07 since it is paid for, invest in a fun radio to breathe new life into my ride and go another 10 years without a car payment. For that purpose this Kenwood is a homerun. I give it 4.5 stars.

    Pros: Ext microphone is great. Sound quality is really good. Tons of features with everything I ever could want in a car. Displays my SMS messages to me while I'm driving.

    Cons: Boot time is a bit too long. This means if you need the backup camera you actually have to sit and wait or get into a routine where you start your car, then adjust your seat belt, open garage door, check mirrors anything to pass the time. If you have remote start that could be a good fix.

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    Anonymous from Hendersonville, TN on 10/8/2012

    2005 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    One of the best radios I have ever owned. The User Interface looks sharp and is easy to use for the most part. there are a few functions that are hard to locate, but nothing major.



    Jury is still out

    April from Los Angeles, CA on 9/30/2012

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

    This unit.looks really good, but the functionality is WONKY. I have an Iphone 4S. Seems like it should work better for the $.

    Pros: Its pretty. Mic seems to work ok. Sound is good.

    Cons: There is no MUTE button during a call on screen. Have to use my handset. The Bluetooth Music controls don't work, have to use my handset. Pandora only works if the iphone is plugged in to the receiver. The ipod connector uses the USB port, so you can't plug anything else in....or have dual ports available. The SMS function does not work with the Iphone 4S. The steering wheel controls autoprogrammed, but the channel up/down buttons only scan, not my preset channels. Traffic updates don't wo


    Billy from Toronto, Canada on 9/24/2012

    Ive owned the DNX 6990HD for a few weeks now & after some time installing this unit to my XB, I was overall happy with the functionality of this headunit. Features and Add ons: I was happy with the layout of the screen controls for fast access to your DISC, TELEPHONE & NAVIGATION. The access time to load up my IPOD and Camera was fairly decent and was able to get to things at high demands. The bluetooth feature worked like a charm and I liked how your contacts are imported to the unit for fast access and dial up times. Pandora is very neat and loads up fairly quickly. USB feature is similar to playing an MP3 disc where you can navigate through folders and songs or photo's, I was impressed with the compatibility of the multiple video formats. After doing some homework between three Navigation brands such as the :Clarion, Pioneer & Kenwood, I chose the Kenwood for its ease of use and looks. The Clarion had an annoying feature by automatically adding a 2 second gap into a DJ CD that doesnt have a gap between songs. The Pioneer sounds better then both the Kenwood and the Clarion when it comes to there built in AMP stage, but I didnt go with the Pioneer because I hated how it looked in my car. I used my own amp anyways to do away with the built in AMP anyways. Overall a great Unit and I recommend this system to anyone who wants a great unit at a decent price bracket.

    Pros: Loaded with great Features, Bluetooth, Pandora, 2 AV ins, 1 USB in, 1 AV out and Rear Camera input. DVD, VCD, CD etc. All features work very well and efficiently. The audio adjustments was fairly detailed in setting up speaker zones, crossover cutoffs, and/or boosting or shifting frequency peaks. comes with XM Radio as well as a Garmin GPS system, A well rounded system in my opinion.

    Cons: Initial load time when Key is turned on is a little on the slow side, not a big deal because the wait time isnt super long. Kenwoods built in AMP is "OK" at lower volume levels which is a given for most aftermarket radios anyhow, the distortion is a little annoying on the higher levels. (I recommend amping this unit)

    For the money you would think it was better

    grizzen from Tulsa, Ok on 9/6/2012

    2006 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for about six months now and it's just a huge disappointment. My 2005 JVC double din touch screen that I had puts this thing to shame as far as usability and ability to see it in sunlight. The Display on the Kenwood is hard to see in the light and blindingly bright at night (even with the settings turned all the way down). The inertial scrolling was a good idea poorly implemented. I primarily used USB as my source, and found that trying to change folders was a timely process distracting process. All the bluetooth features of the deck are useless with my phone (HTC Rezound) could blame the deck or the phone I'm not sure I know the iPhone seems to do all functions just fine as I did have one. Hands free was pointless no matter where the mic was or mic volume everyone would have me repeating myself over and over. GPS has alzheimer's forgets recently found, where home is, has crashed the entire deck before. And after 2 firmware updates about the only thing that got better was the boot time. Oh and it died completely last month had to send it in. Crutchfield took care of everything in a quick and timely mannor. Though my replacement has a lose screen now. Thats about it.

    Pros: It looks nice.

    Cons: Costs too much for what it is. Buggy Distracting to use GPS is forgetful and slow

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    kb from Albany, OR on 9/6/2012

    2011 Chevrolet Traverse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this unit. I wasn't sure what I wanted so I called Crutchfield and the person I talked to pointed me in the right direction. I've had other Kenwood equipment and have always been happy with it. And after having done the TomTom thing it's apparent Garmin is the top dog in GPS. This is a 5 star unit but the firmware is a 4. I've left messages at Kenwood so hopefully they will address the issues and include the changes in a future fw update.

    Pros: Love all of the features of this unit. Phone integration (Droid Razr) is awesome. Besides the normal radio stuff and gps I ended up with a lot more capability than what I was expecting.

    Cons: Firmware still needs a little work. The scroll bar in the phone book is too sensitive and can't get it to stop where you want. A page up/down button would have been nice. The other issue I've encountered is exporting data. Even though you think you are exporting all tracks, it's really only doing the last one. Also the export reports to csv leaves you with a 0 byte size file with nothing in it.

    Very happy with it

    TC from Fairfield, CA on 8/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in a 2011 Nissan Frontier. It looks very nice and the sound is awesome. The gps has worked great so far, but I have only used it a few times in the past 3-4 weeks. I didn't care about the hdradio, but once I heard it, I am glad that it is there. Overall, I am so far very pleased with this unit.



    Problems with mine...

    CM from Atlanta, GA on 8/21/2012

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

    For the most part this is a good product, however after 3 weeks mine has totally quit working. It only powers up, displays the 'Kenwood' splash screen, then cuts off and starts over again. It is completely stuck in this loop. Luckily I bought it from Crutchfield so they are going to send me a new one. I plan on updating the firmware first thing and hope (fingers crossed) this problem doesn't happen again. If you Google "DNX6990HD constantly restarts" you will see more descriptions of this problem.



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    Mike from Pittsburgh PA on 8/10/2012

    2000 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    n b


    Cons: wish the gps used tomtom instead of garmin. It does not seem to be very accurate

    A bit of a let down

    Drumstix from Bay Area, CA on 8/6/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for 5 months now. It worked OK (not flawlessly) until 2 days back, and not it simply won't power on. Crutchfield Tech Support has been great throughout, during install as well as to help troubleshoot the current issue. There is a good chance I will have to send the unit to Kenwood for repair/replacement. Install in an 06 Odyssey was complicated due to both the Sirius-XM antenna as well as Rear View camera. Part of the complication was figuring out how to tie into the switch for the reverse gear. It was also a big challenge to install the rear view camera. There was no way I could have done it without help from Crutchfield. Start up time of ~30s is poor. Entire unit has to boot up before any part of the system, including music can be used. But the Rear View Camera is accessible after about 15 seconds. In comparison, the factory nav in my G37 boots up in ~20 secs, while music and camera are available almost immediately on starting the car. Kenwood Interface is slow and clunky at best. Built in speakers sound better with the factory system, than the Kenwood even with a lot of EQ. POI search is a poor compared to a smart phone. Once in the while the nav settings are lost without warning and have to be reprogrammed. Bluetooth music and phone performance is very good. HD Radio and Sirius XM work fine too. Nav announcements cut off music from front speakers completely. An option to lower volume instead like my G37 would be great.

    Pros: All in one unit with good bluetooth, Satellite and HD radio performance

    Cons: Slow, Poor Interface, Unreliable, Looses Nav Settings periodically, Unit died after 5 months

    Nissan Frontier '06

    CaseyH from Castro Valley, CA on 8/5/2012

    Took about 2.5 hours to install, fit was perfect with no problems. After the installation and I had updated all the Kenwood firmware to the latest version (very easy with USB drive), this unit has worked flawlessly with every feature and function to include the Garmin GPS nav, XMSirius, HD radio, Bluetooth audio, Pandora..etc. I have used the unit for 5 weeks now and can absolutely say that I am extremely happy with the product and its functionality.

    Pros: Garmin GPS, Bluetooth telephony and audio, XM Sirius satelite, audio quality and feature functions.

    Cons: not a one

    Very happy

    TomRiv from Boston, MA on 8/1/2012

    2012 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit definitely lives up to the Kenwood eXcelon reputation as far as sound quality; even with OEM speakers the sound quality was improved noticeably. At the current price I would consider this a bargain considering all that it's capable of. Yes it has a smaller screen, however that leaves room for physical controls on the face of the HU. Plus there is no need for a mechanism to fold out the screen to access the CD player (one less thing to worry about breaking in the future). Overall the screen is very bright and easy to read, and the user interface is one of the best I've ever seen for a GPS/DVD HU. There were some initial hiccups with the original firmware, however upgrading to the latest from the web site fixes many of the bugs that people have been complaining about and also adds "aha Radio" connectivity to your phone. Some of the BT phone steaming features such as Pandora are a bit flaky depending on the type of phone you are connecting to (my old Samsung Epic 4G doesn't seem to work consistently), however basic stuff like hands-free phone calls work flawlessly and require zero extra configuration to have your contacts accessible on the HU. Additionally, the voice quality when using the BT hands-free is outstanding... people I've talked to can't even tell that I'm in my car, as opposed to the Subaru OEM BT that I had prior where I had to shout to be heard.

    Pros: Accurate and fast GPS, iPod interface is easy to use, and sound quality overall is excellent. Compatible with newer SiriusXM tuners, which are extremely compact and have much better sound quality than the dealer installed tuner I had previously.

    Cons: USB cable that is wired into the back of the HU is too short to be useful. Need to be careful about the length of the overall connection between the unit and the iPod/iPhone otherwise you'll have link problems (unit quickly disconnects/reconnects in an infinite loop or gives an "authorization error").


    BRAD from Natchitoches, LA on 7/20/2012

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Stereo, easy to use, I love it, makes me feel like I have a new truck again. It does take some time to boot up, but not as long as a portable GPS. Super quick processor, tons of options.

    Pros: DVD, GPS, Bluetooth streaming and phone, iPod input, USB input, plus so much more

    Cons: Slow boot time

    Great Investment

    Gino from Washington, D.C. on 7/16/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This reciever in my opinion is the best on the market. To get get a in-dash navigation/dvd reciever at this price for all it does you simple cannot find anywhere else. The gps is great and up to date. the screen resolution is superb. Not sure on the other reviews saying the screen is too bright. i did not have this issue.

    Pros: great product, great price, nagivation is superb

    Cons: cannot scroll through songs using remote control when using ipod control.

    It's Junk....too bad...

    PJK from Reston, VA on 7/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really was looking forward to having this unit...should have known when they had to put 2 in to get a working one. Taking ot out, installing an Alpine. Probelms... 1. While listening to the radio, it will switch to the Ipod by itself and vice versa 2. While listening to the Ipod, it will stop, say reading, then come back to the song. 3. While listening tot FM radio, it will switch to AM Unbelievable...I think the quality has dropped....

    Pros: Great bells and whistles, had everything I wanted !

    Cons: Didn't work...also slow response...

    05 Ford F150

    Tim G from Denver, CO on 7/12/2012

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

    So far I love this unit. THe install took 2.5 hours and everything about it is as expected. The only thing I needed to look up was the steering control unit. Directions were not specific enough. I would recommend this unit to anyone wanting a DVD/GPS player.

    Pros: Easy to navigate Great sound Boot-up is very fast

    Cons: None

    Great System

    cdberkman from Jacksonville, FL on 7/7/2012

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

    I have been looking for a product that uses Garmin and Parrott because I have used these 2 separately for years now and never has any problems. This is my second Kenwood and the fact that it incorporates both of these is what leads me back to Kenwood everytime. System is fast on startup, GPS is accurate but lags just a little bit. Lots of built in options, great sound.

    Pros: Parrot Bluetooth, Garmin GPS, Very fast system.

    Cons: Equalizer is lacking some basic options to individually set the Frequencies. Sound options (settings) cumbersome to navigate. Installed in a 2004 Towncar, Crutchfield harness will not connect to factory AMP and Subwoofer. Although plugs mate, wiring incorrect for this specific vehicle. Had to bypass both and purchase a new AMP and subwoofer.

    A very nice upgrade

    JoeW from Pittsburgh, Pa on 7/5/2012

    This unit does everything asked of it, and rather quickly. The GPS locates satellites much much faster than any handheld I have ever owned. iPod integration is almost seamless. The hands free bluetooth works great with my Galaxy S2. It's HD reciever is flawless and pulls a signal better than my last Pioneer unit. The sound is a tremendous upgrade over the factory unit of my 2011 f-150 XL.

    Pros: Audio quality, responsiveness. Everything works.

    Cons: The iPod integration seems a bit clunky when trying to access playlists. From what I have gathered, you can only switch playlists through the search function. Direct access to playlists would be an improvement. Another improvement would be if you could direct the GPS voice to the rear speakers, or somehow have it not completely cut out what you are listening to.

    Over-all a nice system

    Staroo from Raleigh, NC on 7/5/2012

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very pleased with this head unit. Of course, coming from an '07 Silverado Classic with Bose, OnStar and XM, I was leery about replacing the stock system for fear of losing the great sound and functions as set up by Chevy. It was definitely worth it to purchase the GMOS-100 by Metra because everything has been kept just the way it should be including steering wheel controls. My gripes about the Kenwood DNX6990HD are the apparent inability to play items from the USB at random from different folders/albums -if this is possible, I just have not found a way, then the lack of detail in the owner/user manual - even the one you have to download and print if you want it. I cannot speak of the power of the unit and the amount of sound it creates as my Bose system is amplified and uses 100% pre-amps of the unit - not the speaker wiring.

    Pros: Navigation is very smart and fast. No need to run the GPS antenna out through the vehicle. 3 presets for dialing commonly-called numbers (wish there were more).

    Cons: User Manual not so helpful for explaining the EQ and some of the options. Clunky USB interface. When scrolling through phonebook, it is very hard to stop on one contact as it tries to scroll too quickly.


    eric from houston texas on 6/30/2012

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

    This was my first in dash screen i have owned, so it was a little tricky to figure out the functions, but once figured out it became a breeze to use. The install was very simple and the power output to the factory speakers in my 2011 toyota tacoma was phenomenal, it was night and day difference on clarity and the loudness it can achieve. The navigation feature is great as well.

    Pros: Excellent performance and features, easy to operate once basic functions are learned

    Cons: slow start up speed once vehicle is turned on.

    Kenwood 6990

    Keith from CT on 6/28/2012

    2006 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Overall a really nice radio. The Garmin nav is spot on and rather quick. Bluetooth is responsive, but gets somewhat confused when multiple devices are paired and in the vehicle. Remember to save your UPC code from the box or the $100 rebate is history. I didn't and now I'm out a cool $100!

    Pros: It does everything it says it will. Crutch field is awesome. Quick delivery, everything was there, instructions were very easy to follow.



    LilPete from San Diego on 6/28/2012

    2012 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all, I gotta say this unit wasn't as great as I expected. I'm and iPhone user and the advertisement on this unit said it was made for the iPhone. Well guess what? If you try to connect to Blutooth and use the unit's Pandora app, it DOES NOT WORK. If this unit was made for an iPhone, get the blutooth connection to work like how it works for Android. If this doesn't work, don't say it was made for an iPhone.... Two, the UI just plain sucks. I know, I've been spoiled by the iPhone UI but this UI is slow, responsive but slow. The interface is cluttered, and could really use a revamp on where to put all the features. Futhermore, the interface is pretty ugly and wouldn't even let you put a custom background. Also, there may be a setting for this but when I play music on my iPhone through the blutooth connection, audio only works in the front. The GPS is good and probably the best thing about it. It was quick and routes very well. All in all, i think if i'm spending so much money for this thing, i would get something that would blow my mind away. Not really....

    Pros: Good GPS System.

    Cons: Pretty much everything else.... Oh..and pretty hard to see in sunlight.

    I'm liking this unit

    TUK from Seattle, WA on 6/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the dnx6990hd in my 2010 Porsche Cayman myself the other day. Installation was pretty straight forward. Called Crutchfield a couple of times with basic questions and they were always ready with some good advice. Bought a wiring harness and bezel from another vendor to complete the install. So far I'm really impressed with the unit. I really like having a volume knob. I was able to get all the features to work properly without too much frustrations. I still have to go through the manual again to get totally familiarized with all of the features. I can't seem to find much use for the split screen as most of the time nothing is displayed..but that could be my fault. Seems like a top notch head unit and would recommend it to anyone

    Pros: Looks great Fairly fast operations Great NAV Lots of options Does everything I was expecting it to do.

    Cons: A little difficult to see the screen during really bright sunny conditions. Wish the boot time was faster but I'm sure it's as fast as most of the comparable units out there.

    No Expert here

    JackS from Puyallup, Wa. on 6/8/2012

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

    My Tacoma needed something to fill that void in the middle of that dash and I travel for work. I'm glad I didn't go with something last year. Based on the reviews I ordered Kenwoods DNX6990HD. The instuctions to install were poor but worked thur it with various calls to Crutchfield who were patient with me. Well the GPS is great very quick and redirects you to differents routes as you make other turnoffs. The sound is great too. I'm a sports fan and listen to sports talk too much but with what I'm hearing I'm cranking the tunes to music. Now I just ordered some Focal 165 1a to see how the sound can get much better. I'm happy




    slowpoke387 from enfield, CT on 6/1/2012

    OK i've found MOST of people's comments here to be true. the one thing no one's mentioned is that the gps settings randomly reset. I have entered my locations numerous times only to find them erased at a later time. And other gps settings Then after re-entering them, just as random, there will be doubles. Also the ipod shuffle settings will not remain where i set them. I'm extremely disapointed with the quality of such an expensive unit. Like it for the most part but am not happy with this glitch, and am not alone. Trying to find a solution still.



    best unit have owned

    alexH from findlay, OH on 5/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this unit for a month now and over all its great. navigation is outstanding unless there is a festival going on which happened to me last week and it kept telling me to drive though it but not units fault. i went ahead and purchased the life time maps for the garmin for this unit cuz that was a big selling point on me getting this system (not available til this year). display is very nice and not too bright at night which i had problems with on a previous system.and i have to add that crutchfield support is amazing, got a call letting me know how my 03' sport trac had to be modded in order for the stereo to fit

    Pros: the lane assist is great, no more missing turns. ecoroute is informative. bluetooth synced right up with my android with no problem, not a big fan of pandora so I'm glad i can still listen to iheart radio. ability to customize the top 3 buttons on top menu is a nice feature

    Cons: system has restarted on me while driving once, lag at start up can feel a bit long at times, during video playback i have touched to screen sending it back to the previous chapter while changing the volume but no biggie now that i know not to do that again. no hd radio stations in my area, not really a con but dont expect much if your not near any big cities. limited voice options for GPS would be nice to buy more. now im just nit picking lol

    Better than JVC KW-NT500HDT, but still some shortcomigs

    RickNY from Long Island, NY on 5/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After having the JVC-KWNT500HDT installed in my '10 Nissan Frontier for a few weeks, I came to the conclusion of two things: 1) JVC is unwilling to correct basic bugs in their software and 2) the navigation system is horrid. I decided on the Kenwood DNX-6990HD due to its reliance on Garmin for its navigation software, and thus far, have not been disappointed. The navigation system is a familiar interface for anyone that has used Garmin portable devices in the past.. It works well -- so well, that many manufacturers try to copy it. By licensing the Garmin software in this unit, Kenwood has avoided the necessity of hand-rolling a nav package. First some differences between this and the JVC KW-NT500HDT unit, in case anyone is trying to compare... The startup time of the Kenwood is noticeable slower than the JVC. HOWEVER, the one feature that I rely on when first starting the truck is the rear backup camera. The Kenwood will display the rear backup video, even if it has not finished booting up -- which is a huge plus. I would have liked to see better tone control options on this unit, but it seems those are reserved for the DNX-9990HD.. I did not want to go the route of having a motorized faceplate, so I opted for the 6990HD instead. The interface is slightly laggy, as compared to the JVC -- but nothing that warrants a negative score. Once you get used to Kenwood's interface, I am sure you will be pleased.

    Pros: - Rear camera will display even while unit is still booting - huge plus - Garmin Nav interface is excellent - especially for those used to Garmin's portable units - 5.0V preamp outputs negates the need for utilizing the built-in amp when integrating into a factory "premium" system such as Bose or Rockford Fosgate

    Cons: - Interface is little laggy. Not to the point where its annoying, but you notice it.

    Ask And You Will Receive!

    BobbyZ from Florida on 5/26/2012

    I researched for the right unit for a few days and narrowed the search down to two brands, Kenwood and jVC, and both happen to reside under the same roof, which makes sense. However, the best bang for the buck is definitely the Kenwood DNX6990HD. The connectivity that it has with the Iphone is unreal. Other than the standard bluetooth audio and handsfree phone capability, this unit goes above and beyond with a fully integrated pandora interface along with SIRI interactivity. By clicking the voice button in the telephone pgm, SIRI is activated and like you would with the iphone just ask whatever it is and and it will play through the car speakers. I was not expecting this and allows me to call someone with the push of a 1 button vs scrolling through my address book. Also, the Nav screen is excellent. An equivalent garmin unit would cost upwards to 300 so this unit is priced accordingly. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend everyone I know to take a serious look at this product. The only issue I have is that, with my 08 VW GTI the steering wheel buttons are not working 100% with the unit. However, this could due to the integration hardware, SWI-JACK. I am still working the kinks out with Crutchfield and they have been extremely helpful. Sure you can probably find the unit alone for cheaper but the installation equipment and support your get from Crutchfield is second to none and I am glad I spent a little more for peace of mind.

    Pros: Quick start up Awesome sound with stock speakers Iphone integration Navigation screen Multitasking ability

    Cons: Only problem I have is with getting my steering wheel buttons working properly with the unit. Other than that, I love it!

    Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD

    Scott from Raleigh, NC on 5/16/2012

    First of all, I just want to say Crutchfields customer service is great. I ordered this unit because of the features and the Garmin navigation. A few days after install, while driving down the road, the unit randomly cuts off and back on. I initially thought I had a loose power or ground wire. I removed the unit and reconnected the power and ground wires. The next day, unit unit randomly cuts off and back on. I call Crutchfield, they send me a new unit and I swap out the units. Two days later the new unit randomly cuts off and back on. So, I think that there must be a problem with this series of Kenwood receiver/navigation unit or because I didn't change out the wiring harnesses that I could have a problem with the harness. I call Crutchfield and again they were going to send me a new unit. Instead of getting a 3rd DNX 6990HD I opt to get a different model.

    Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth hands free phone connection, Garmin Navigation, iPod control.

    Cons: Two units randomly power off and back on. Also, I could never get the unit to dim in brightness.

    Best system yet

    Tim H. from Wakeman Ohio on 5/8/2012

    2006 Cadillac CTS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit basically to get away from sirus radio and onstar, and I couldn't be happier. It links through bluetooth from my smart phone to Pandora or Iheart radio in about 15 seconds and the sound is great.Will tag from USB or Ipod with no effort. The navagation is superb and blue tooth to phone works great.

    Pros: Soft touch screen and menus at your finger tip. Bright easy to read display

    Cons: Hard to read and missing instructions from Kenwood with installation. They must assume you do this every day.

    Works Great

    Todd from Ocala, Fl on 4/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit works just as advertised. Very user friendly, buttons are in just the right spots for easy navigation. GPS is fantastic. Would recommend this unit to anyone. Crutchfield service was amazing.

    Pros: Ease of use and many features.

    Cons: None

    Great Unit

    werndogg from Green Bay, WI on 4/16/2012

    2010 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is everything I was looking for. Install was very easy, and fits perfect with the included dash adapter for my car. Crutchfield service is fantastic. Most audio shops (here anyway) will not go out of their way to give you all of the installation gear necessary for your vehicle at no extra cost, even when buying a higher priced unit. I was amazed at the fact that I received a personalized letter along with the master sheet. Crutchfield has taken the time to include detailed instructions on how to connect this unit and speakers to YOUR specific vehicle.

    Pros: Customizable color scheme is great. You can pick a preset color, or mix any combo of R, G, B to make your own color. GPS works flawlessly, HD radio is amazing, tons of options for fine tuning audio with the equalizer. High pass filter for front and rear speakers, low pass filter for subwoofers, seperate bass adjustment for stock or component speakers and subs, multi zone capability. Made the stock speakers in my 2010 WRX sound amazing.

    Cons: Had a bit of trouble connecting to Pandora via Blutooth. Make sure your phone has blutooth discoverable mode turned on any time you want to connect to Pandora. On my Samsung Galaxy X, this requires manually turning on that option every time I get in to my car, then it takes a min to connect. If you use an IPhone, I recommend purchasing the optional connector that plugs in to the back of this unit. You can easily route the cable to your glove box and keep it hidden.

    Just what i needed

    Charles M from Tampa, Fl on 4/2/2012

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

    Does what I needed it to, I haven't had it for very long but I feel confident it will serve me well.

    Pros: - Fluid button animations - Garmin Navigation and maps - many inputs - relatively easy to install ( was my first install so there were a few hangups and learning experiences but Crutchfield phone support on a SUNDAY morning was helpful) - easy to use - somewhat customize-able - Audio sounds great - Bluetooth mic is loud and clear

    Cons: - all the inputs are in the back - the color changes are not fluid when set to that option - Settings are somewhat limiting but I am figuring them out - having some issues getting videos to work, still need to research that. - phone settings are kind of weird, some options are locked at weird times I have only had this unit in for a few days so many of these cons may be user inflicted

    Excellent Unit

    Roger T from New Paltz, NY on 4/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome Navigation system!!!! Super Fast, smooth function and great GUI. Really happy with the fact that they installed a processor that's twice as fast as the predecessor. Highly Recommend!!! I installed in my 2010 Nissan Frontier LE with Rockford Fosgate system with no problems.

    Pros: Everything works flawlessly and smoothly

    Cons: The iPhone doesn't support SMS messages being displayed on the head unit.......Yet and you cant upload custom splash screens or background images from USB jump drive unless you unplug the iPod adapter from the rear of the unit.

    Great Product

    Matthew from San Diego, CA on 3/22/2012

    I bought this product after several hours of research. It was a breeze to install with the master sheet. Everything hooked up directly to the stock connectors. Display is bright and customizable. Processor is very fast. Audio can be adjusted very easily and the setup is quick and easy. I installed everything myself in about 2 hours or so. It looks fantastic in my 350z and the sound with the bose speakers sounds a lot better with this reciever. Navigation is great and is spot on. Would definitely recommend.

    Pros: Bright display with customization, Navigation is wonderful, Easy setup, Hands-free bluetooth works great, Pandora from your phone and audio through bluetooth as well, and overal sound.

    Cons: Navigating through several menus for setup can be annoying.

    Awesome Unit; One Drawback

    JaysoII from Nashville, TN on 3/22/2012

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall this unit is GREAT unit!! Everything about the unit is perfect with only one drawback. When listening to the HD Tuner if the radio stayed on the HD Tuner source screen the radio restart randomly.

    Pros: Navigation Bluetooth Android Compatibile Dual Zone

    Cons: Randomly restarts when on the HD Radio Source Screen.

    Great Unit

    Mike from Louisiana on 2/29/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything works awesome with the unit. Easy to navigate the system. Great visuals. Overall great sound. A really nice unit for the price. Only problem I ran into is that I installed this in a 2011 Silverado LTZ and the RCA plugs in the back stick out a bit far and make it very hard to get the radio all the way into the dash. You need to use close quarter RCA plugs (90 degree plugs) to get the unit in easily.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora radio, nav system, dvd player and more.

    Cons: Screen could be a little bigger, 27 second boot up time.

    Great Product

    jlehmann from Hanson, MA USA on 2/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this unit for less than a week now and am impressed. As someone in his 20s that still listens to over the air radio, I am very happy with the performance of both the AM and FM tuners. I went back to Kenwood after previously having the KDC-X692 (with HR200 HD tuner), and also have a Garmin GPS. Combining everything into one was the way to go for me in my new car. Being able to interface my iphone either with the bluetooth or wired cable are great features for the ipod control, phone interface, and streaming audio. The only thing I am surprised at is I am not seeing text on CDs. I used the same CDs in a friend's stock Chrysler stereo and that shows the song titles fine, but not the 6990. I was very surprised to find that just sticking the GPS antenna to the top of the unit inside the dash provided plenty of signal to pick up satellites for navigation.

    Pros: Sensitive and selective AM/FM tuner, sensitive GPS receiver, iphone interface

    Cons: Slight lag when tuning through radio stations, though not too big of a problem, no CD text

    Excellent unit with great features!

    A.K from Houston, TX on 2/24/2012

    For the price you cannot beat the deal. With so many features standard that other companies make you pay an arm and a leg for, this is a great value. i love the multicast HD tuner, the parrott bluetooth, and the equalizer. i used the JVC kw-NT30HD and it was okay but the sound just plain sucked. this unit is far superioir in everything, not to mention the garmin navigation. i demoed the pioneer too and it just wasent up to it.

    Pros: Standard HD tuner, Bluetooth, dvd, navigation, equalizer

    Cons: Screen size


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm x 2 (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP + Pandora
    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 Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    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 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready
    DVD/CD Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AV Connections
    Remote Control
    OEM Integration

    Audio Section

    Kenwood Excelon: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 2-Din multimedia DVD receiver with navigation, HD Radio, and Bluetooth 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 DNX6990HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD 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 DVD receiver.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DNX6990HD 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 (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.

    EQ Pro: The DNX6990HD 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

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, AM/FM, AV-IN1/2, USB, iPod, Bluetooth Audio, and Pandora).

    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 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    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.

    Tel Mute: The DNX6990HD features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    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: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD features a fixed 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system and LED backlighting. 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.

    Start Up Time: The Kenwood DNX6990HD has a start up time of approximately 27.1 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.

    Customized Top Menu: You can register up to 3 of your favorite sources (Navigation, Disc, HD Radio, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth Telephone, Bluetooth Audio, SiriusXM, Video, Audio, Setup, or Standby) as the unit's Top Menu screen for easier, quicker access.

    Front Panel Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary-dial along the left edge of the screen.

    Variable Illumination (256 Color Palette): You can adjust the head unit's touchscreen and 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. The Kenwood logo and eject button will always remain red.

    Flick Scrolling: You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left.

    Split Screen AV Control: The DNX6990HD'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 and source screens simultaneously.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. You can also manually dim the unit's touchscreen and button illumination.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX6990HD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2012.20), the Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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 head unit's built-in navigation software. As you travel, the DNX6990HD's navigation system guides you to your destination with audible & visual guidance.

    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 DNX6990HD 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. 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.

    High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options.

    • 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.

    GPS Antenna: The DNX6990HD 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 head unit. 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. The GPS antenna can be mounted inside the vehicle (on the dash) or outside the vehicle (on the roof or trunk). The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.5625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive magnetic base measure 2.0625" (w) x 2.0625" (d).

    On-Screen Map: As you travel, the DNX6990HD guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows on the map, and directions at the top of the map. The upper-left corner indicates the distance to your next maneuver, If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions. Your route is marked with a magenta line, while your vehicle is marked by a red arrow on the screen, and checkered flag marks your destination. You can adjust the following map settings.

    • 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, car, jeep, RV) 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 DNX6990HDHD 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.

    Lane Assist with Real Photo Junction View: The Lane Assist function guides you to the appropriate lane you should be in for upcoming junctions and interchanges, while Real Photo Junction View displays a realistic view of upcoming road details facilitating a safer navigation experience.

    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.

    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 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.
    Points-of-Interest Allows you to search for over 6-millions points of interest in the following categories: Food, Fuel, Transit, Lodging, Shopping, Bank/ATM, Parking, Entertainment, Recreation, Attractions, Hospitals, Community, or Auto Services. The "Spell Name" feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name.
    Favorites You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later.
    Routes Allows you to select from previously created (custom) routes.
    Recently Found Choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints.
    Phone # Allows you to search your destination by entering the place's phone number.
    Coordinates Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
    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 USB mass storage class device.

    Search Modes: The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNX6990HD 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.

    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. You can also pick specific roads or areas to avoid.

    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.

    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.

    Trends: The DNX6990HD 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.

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

    Detour: 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 DNX6990HD might not calculate a detour.

    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.

    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 posted speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.

    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 Report: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX6990HD calculates fuel used, 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 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.
    • Less Fuel Routes: The Less Fuel route 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.

    Tools: The DNX6990HD 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.

    HD Radio + 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.

    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.

    Station Text + Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The DNX6990HD also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 3 multicast programs (HD1 to HD3, and analog).

    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 the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Tuner Presets: The DNX6990HD'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).

    Auto Memory Tuning: 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.

    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 DNX6990HD to search only HD Radio stations.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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 30 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 iPod/iPhone (connected to your headunit via USB), 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). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    DVD/CD Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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 has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The DNX6990HD supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (32-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders per disc (a maximum of 999 filers per folder). During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays song, artist, and album information (up to 50 characters). The unit supports ID3 Tag version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.

    MPEG Playback: The unit also supports video playback of MPEG1 & MPEG2 (NTSC) video files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.

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

    Highlight Control: 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.

    Direct Search: By entering its number with the included remote control; you can directly access title, chapter, time, and track on a disc.

    Zoom: The DNX6990HD features a 3 level zoom 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.


    Rear-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB (type-A) port attached to the unit's rear chassis by a 39" cable. The rear-panel USB port enables playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (32-320 kbps), AAC (16-320 kbps), and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG/PNG/BMP (32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680) still-picture files stored on a USB Mass Storage Class device. The DNX6990HD also supports video playback of MPEG1, MPEG2, H.264/MPEG-4, and WMV 9 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders per USB device (a maximum of 999 filers per folder). The unit will display any recorded song, artist, and album information stored on your connected USB device (up to 50 characters). Your USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port (max. 1A) of the DNX6990HD and the unit is turned on.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm AV-IN2 input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (113KCIP202, sold separately). If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; you will also need the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately) in order to make connection with the Kenwood iPod cable. 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 DNX6990HD. 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-IN2 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.

    Note: The DNX6990HD does not support the standard iPod/USB dock cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone.

    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+). 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 DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio Control: The Kenwood DNX6990HD lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. While providing control over the Pandora music service, the DNX6990HD also displays Artist name, Album Art, and Song title. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood DNX6990HD lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP202 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately). To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.
    • Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The Kenwood DNX6990HD also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and 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.

    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 smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when used with the required Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (as of 9/26/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th* 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5* 6.0 Y N Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y N


    • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require both the Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately).
    • 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.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood navigation receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Android Market place. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood navigation receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood navigation receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood navigation receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.

    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav n/a n/a

    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. Latest firmware updates are available at Kenwood's 2012 Navigation/Multimedia Receiver Firmware Updater.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot): The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.1) powered by Parrot. The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD's built-in Bluetooth technology promotes safe driving habits by allowing you to have a hands-free conversation while driving, without the need to hold a phone to your ear. Your Bluetooth enabled phone can be kept in your purse, pocket, or glovebox - while you communicate through the Kenwood navigation-multimedia receiver. The head unit also support Bluetooth audio streaming and wireless Pandora Internet Radio control (via Android or BlackBerry).

    Bluetooth Profiles: In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. The DNX6990HD is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile), SYNC (Synchronization Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    • Pandora Control (via Android or BlackBery): SPP (Serial Port Profile)

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the DNX6990HD before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).  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 DNX6990HD. Visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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. 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 1.485" (depth). This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the DNX6990HD can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features 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. 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 front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DNX6990HD, 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. The vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to directly dial a number.
      • 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 DNX6990HD. 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 sort your Phonebook alphabetically (A-Z) by the contact's name.
      • 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.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
      • POI Dialing: From the navigation unit's POI search menu, you can select on a specific point-of-interest, and if it includes a phone #, you can dial the number simply by pressing the "Call" icon on the head unit's touchscreen.

      Note: While your vehicle is moving, some Bluetooth hands-free communication functions are disable for safety reasons. The keys associated with the disabled functions become ineffective if touched. To access the function, the vehicle must be in Park with the parking brake engaged.

    SMS (Short Message Service): You can wirelessly download a SMS arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Up to 149 already read and unread short messages can be downloaded. You can reply to a SMS by using the head unit's touscheen to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of text that can be downloaded or entered. Your cell-phone must support SMS via Bluetooth for this feature to function. Do not read incoming SMS or reply to SMS while driving.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood DNX6990HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNX6990HD will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, 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 DNX6990HD also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM,, Rhapsody, & Slacker), but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. 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.

    Note: The iPhone 5 only offers Bluetooth audio streaming without control or metadata display.

    Pandora Control (via Android or BlackBerry): The DNX6990HD also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). While providing control over the Pandora music service, the Kenwood navigation head unit also displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. You must select Pandora (wireless) as your source and not Bluetooth Audio for this function to work.

    Note: Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and 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. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The DNX6990HD offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep/caller's voice and streaming audio 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.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The unit features two rear-panel 3.5mm AV inputs for connecting external A/V sources. The optional Kenwood AV cable (113CAC3AV, sold separately) provides composite video/stereo RCA audio inputs. You can label each AV Input.

    • AV1 Input Label: Video1, DVD, VCD, VCR, Game, Aux, TV, or Navigation.
    • AV2 Input Label: iPod, Video2, DVD, VCD, VCR, Game, Aux, TV, or Navigation.

    A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video 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.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video 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. The purple/white wire (in 22-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds. You can manually set the touchscreen to display both the navigation map and back-up camera at the same time, when backing up. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.  

    Remote Control

    IR Remote Control: The included IR remote control  (KNA-RCDV331) provides wireless operation over the Kenwood navigation head unit. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight. The functions operated from the remote controller differ depending on the position of the mode switch located on the right side of the KNA-RCDV331. You can select from Audio, DVD, TV (not used), or Navigation mode.

    • Audio: The Audio mode of the remote controller allows you to operate functions; such as Source switching, Volume, Dual Zone, HD Radio tuning, Bluetooth Audio, and iPod/USB playback.
    • DVD: The DVD mode of the remote controller allows you to operate functions such as CD/DVD playback and file/track/folder searches.
    • TV: TV mode is not used.
    • Navigation: Navigation mode allows you to operate the unit's built-in navigation functions.

    OEM Integration

    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.

    Ford SYNC Compatible: 2012 Kenwood navigation head units are compatible with a web programmable module due from Automotive Data Solutions (ADS) that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood navigation head unit to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system. This ADS iDatalink Maestro module (sold separately...coming soon) lets Ford owners swap out their factory radio for a 2012 Kenwood navigation head unit; while retaining the OEM Sync voice control, steering wheel controls, hands-free Bluetooth, USB interface, and factory satellite radio. They can also keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). The iDatalink Maestro module must first be connected to your computer via USB and programmed, before connection between your Ford vehicle and the Kenwood navigation head unit. The Kenwood navigation head unit also features an OEM Setup menu that must be configured before operation.

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