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Kenwood's DNX7100 navigation receiver packs the double-sized dash opening in your vehicle with movies and music, along with turn-by-turn directions from its onboard navigation system. The DivX-compatible DVD player and 6.95" touchscreen bring your movies to life when you're parked, and a dynamic user interface makes scrolling through menus simple and intuitive when you're on the go.

Kenwood's DNX7100 navigation receiver packs the double-sized dash opening in your vehicle with movies and music, along with turn-by-turn directions from its onboard navigation system. The DivX-compatible DVD player and 6.95" touchscreen bring your movies to life when you're parked, and a dynamic user interface makes scrolling through menus simple and intuitive when you're on the go.

The internal-memory navigation works faster than systems based on DVDs, so you'll get prompt directions and speedy rerouting when you're forced off course. Voice guidance includes street names, so you can keep your eyes on the road instead of having to scan for your next turn. Add an optional XM tuner and service for real-time traffic and weather information.

A USB connection lets you control a thumb drive or other USB devices. Add Kenwood's optional iPod video cable to control your iPod®, including being able to view your stored movies and still images. If you own a Bluetooth phone, Kenwood's add-on adapter allows you to make and receive calls through your stereo system. An audio/video input makes it easy to add a camcorder, gaming console, or other video source.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD/CD player with internal amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in 2GB memory for navigation
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • wireless remote
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays MP3/WMA/AACs on CD or DVD
    • plays DivX format DVDs
    • 6.95" touchscreen with customizable backgrounds
    • compatible with Kenwood iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, and CD changer
    • inputs: USB port, rear camera input, A/V input
    • outputs: front, rear, and sub 2-volt preamp outputs; A/V output
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.95" monitor
    • Wiring harness
    • Relay harness
    • GPS antenna with attached 17' cable
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Plastic escutcheon
    • Wireless remote control (RC-DV330)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 4 Self-adhesive strips (1/4" x 5/16")
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • 3.1875" x 3.1875" Self-advhesive magnetic pad
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • Installation manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • GPS Navigation Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty card
    • Software License Agreement booklet
    • Note about the front panel

    I love this radio!! The navigation is right on the money. My husband installed it in his '07 Tundra and it works better than the factory one in my car. The ipod and back-up camera functions are great too! I highly recommend this unit!

    Jennifer, Northport, AL


    Kenwood DNX7100 Reviews

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    txplshrk from Corpus Christi TX on 3/14/2011

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

    Got this a few years ago for my cavalier, and everyone oohhh and awww over it. Just sold the cavalier, but put this in my wife's van and ordered the back up camera and the bluetooth to go with it. My wife loves it, and it works great! Added two other screens in the back of the van and this thing is a power house multimedia system. Although Kenwood has newer and nicer units now this unit is rock solid and a great combination. I wouldn't trade it for anything!



    Awesome Unit

    islidur from Colorado on 6/2/2008

    Just installed this unit and couldn't be happier with it. Install was very easy with Crutchfield's excellent vehicle specific instructions and wire harness. The unit itself is capable of everything you could think of. Got the iPod cable and reverse camera. The GPS is very good. Had a couple of Street Pilots before and they can't compare. It aquires satelites almost immediately (even in the garage), has a huge display and so far has been more accurate than expected. I noticed some occational drift when sitting still, but the unit zeros this out very quickly. Speed display seems to be exact with the speedometer and it's nice how the unit lowers the stereo sound when a direction prompt is made. The iPod interface is great. Recognizes 80GB Classic very fast and displays all the song information. Sound is amazing even through stock speakers and the DVD looks awesome. On all review sites that have this unit, people complain about the interface. I'd just like to say that I never looked at the manual and feel I mastered all of the units features right out of the box. The interface, although not as intuitive as my iPhone, is VERY easy. Anyone should be able to work this thing with no problem. Did A LOT of research before purchasing this unit and I'd have to say this is an incredible value for what you get. Even at twice the price you may not get all the features offered with the 7100. I'd highly reccomend this unit to anyone looking for the best in an indash nav/radio.



    Great System

    Ryan from Savannh Georgia on 5/14/2008

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

    This system is great. At first with all the wiring i was a little intimidated but once i called crutchfield tech sup. i was able to install this myself. The system wasn't that hard to operate without the manual but i did have to refrence back to it for minor things. The navigation is dead on and it adjust very quickly when you drive off course.



    One of the best!

    Jeff from Hillsboro, OR on 4/16/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't install this myself as it didn't seem very easy to do (I'm really finicky about my car), but it was pretty cheap to have someone else install it and warranty the labor. The menu (like many people have said) could use some work, but after using it for a couple of weeks, you really start to get the hang of it and will use it like a pro. I haven't yet read the manual, but definitely will be this weekend. The audio is awesome, the navigation is even better, and I will be testing the DVD Playback today for the first time :) I would highly recommend this unit! I searched for a long time prior to making my decision, and the Garmin Navigation was the real kicker for me. Thanks Crutchfield on a great price and great customer service! Oh, I also got the rear-view camera (free with the purchase of this deck), and I would also give that 5 stars. It's definitely nice to know that I'm not going to hit my trash can backing out of the garage! Auto-switch to the rear-view camera is extremely nice.



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    Jennifer from Northport, AL on 4/14/2008

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

    I love this radio!! The navigation is right on the money. My husband installed it in his '07 Tundra and it works better than the factory one in my car. The ipod and back-up camera functions are great too! I highly recommend this unit!




    Johnson from DE on 4/6/2008

    2004 Lexus GS300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit,however you must read the manual.Even the guy that install it for me didnt know how to really operate it without reading the manual.Once you learn how to use the menu this unit have it all as far as any other unit out there.



    Great Product

    Liam from Pensacoal,FL on 4/4/2008

    1997 Mazda Millenia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great piece of equipment fairly easy to install and use but definitely READ THE MANUALS!!! They help soo much. The installation guide is fairly good but its says connect the speed sensor( there is no speed sensor on this unit) But over all this Unit is great and fairly easy to use.




    Chuck from Central California on 3/22/2008

    2004 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it. Ipod works great, easy to use and fast response. GPS is A+++. Easy to operate. Went with Sirius radio due to personal choice of available channels. Easy to operate. Wish it had, or I could find a back button. Some screen clare when in direct sunlight, but I would think you would get the same with all units.<BR><BR> Came with rear camera. Works great, nice for backing safety and hitching up the boat. In future will add bluetooth, subwoffer and new speakers. Wanted HD but found out the hd unit is discountined. Feel short changed by Kenwood by this, but ruomers are a upgrade unit will be out someday. There are so many things this unit can do, hope to get them all worked out one day. Highly recommend this unit!!! You won't be sorry.



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    Richard from California on 3/10/2008

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I am very happy with the DNX7100. Excellent sound with nice customizable equalizer settings for the audio. The navigation system is top notch for sure. I was surprised by the fm reception which is better than I expected considering it is attached to the stock rear window antenna on my Honda Accord. The radio reception is better than the original factory stereo. I haven't installed a car stereo in over 25 years and was reluctant to do it myself. But I heard some good things about the Crutchfield master sheet and wiring harness that was available, so I gave it a shot and figured worst case scenario, my son in law could bail me out if I got stuck. Not a problem though, the master sheet and wiring harness made it a no brainer. I installed the head unit, Parrot CK3000 bluetooth unit and the Boyo backup camera all in one afternoon. My only complaint about the DNX7100 is the user interface menu. It is one of the most ridiculously designed menu systems I have seen on a piece of electronic equipment in my life. Takes quite a bit of getting used to. If Kenwood would redesign that, they would have the best in dash GPS stereo on the market for that price range. That being said however, I would still recommend this product to others.



    Best in dash out!!!

    Gabriel from Carbondale on 3/9/2008

    I bought this unit about 8 months ago and I still enjoy it. When I bought it the price was $1400. If it was still $1400 it would be worth every penny! <BR><BR> Navigation: The navigation is great, it recalculates quickly if you make a wrong turn, and it can pretty much get you anywhere. There have been a few times it would give me bad directions, but even then I was close to my destination. Or sometimes it would tell me to take a route that clearly was not the faster route, but these things happen about 5% of the time, so it's not a big deal. Oh, and I think that if you live in a big city that's constantly under construction (like chicago) you get the map updates. I was downtown and it was leading me into dead ends...but you can't blame the system for not knowing when the streets change. <BR><BR> DVD player: You're suppose to hook this thing to your emergency break so you can't watch movies while you drive. Don't be dumb and not pay attention to the road...but when you take long trips this is a definite plus! Picture is clear. But READ THE MANUAL because there are a few controls you need to know. <BR><BR> Music controls: You can also control all your music from the system. I just bought a 4gb jump drive and put it on there. Don't try to get a 40gb external hard drive and put your music on there then hook it up to the usb port because it won't work. It would take forever (actually the kenwood rep told me about 10 hrs) to read all that information and display it, just go with a 4 gb or maybe 8 gb and it only takes about 1-3 minutes to read it. Once again all the music controls are not extra simple, but it does so much you can't expect it to be extra simple. If you just take 30 minuntes and read the manual you'll be fine. <BR><BR> Stunt appeal: Just in case any of you are buying this to show off it's definately a great idea! Everytime my friends see it for the first time they're impressed! Drive up to the ladies and let them get a peak of this inside you're ride and they'll love you instanly.'s true tho. <BR><BR> Pros: Movies are clear, music controls are great and navi is wonderful. <BR><BR> Cons: at time navi leads you off and you have to read the manual to get the best outta it. But these are VERY minor.



    Nice Unit

    Brian from Louisiana on 3/4/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very pleased with the expandability of this unit. It has nearly every option you could ever possible use. I feel the menu screens graphics could be crisper, but it is still a very nice unit.



    Mixed blessings

    Philip from California central coast on 3/3/2008

    2007 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not much to add to other reviews posted here. The DNX7100 has a ton of features, came with a backup camera and I also bought the optional BT-100 Bluetooth adapter. Except for the diabolical user interface noted in other reviews, the unit functions great. <BR><BR> Updating the Kenwood firmware was easy and fixed the slow-to-index USB problems noted elsewhere. Indexing a 4GB USB memory stick only took a few seconds *and* my 2-year old Samsung YP-Z5 4GB MP3 player was recognized when plugged into the USB port (which also charges it) -- it also indexed quickly and the albums can be controlled from the Kenwood touchscreen. However, the DNX7100 did not recognize my new Zune 80GB hard disk-based player. I'll be looking for hacks for that one! <BR><BR> The Garmin-based Satnav calculates routes quickly, updates the map/your position quickly when driving and updating the firmware (downloaded from the Garmin site) via an SD card was also easy. Although the Garmin has some nice features, overall I still prefer the GUI on my old TomTom 510. <BR><BR> The BT-100 was a piece of cake to get synced to my Blackberry Pearl and the handsfree sound is very clear. However, I have yet to be able to download my phonebook from the Blackberry to the DNX7100 -- still working on that one.<BR><BR> The wiring harness adapters provided by Crutchfield were easy and straightforward to use. The only problem being getting the mass of wiring and myriad of unused RCA connectors into the dash of my 07 Mustang GT (but you can't blame Crutchfield for that). <BR><BR> However, I *can* blame them for not providing vital info before the sale (even though I provided precisely correct details for my factory setup via the site pull-down menus). I chose Crutchfield and paid a $200+ premium to ensure that I didn't have to mess around finding parts. However, when I powered the unit up, I was getting a loud THUMP from my speakers. Calling the (excellent) technical support desk quickly revealed that I needed to buy a 12 to 5V regulator and cable it into the wires that send a power-up signal to the factory sub-woofer power amps. Although this eliminated the problem, annoyingly the project was on hold while running around trying to find extra bits (and this on a Sunday). So, mixed blessings. Must do better Crutchfield if you want people to pay the premium cost!




    ARMYROADDOG from HONOLULU, HI on 3/3/2008

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




    VERY GREAT!!!!

    spot05 from Naples, FL on 2/28/2008

    I just bought this and i absolutely love it!!! Navi is very easy to use and very precise!! Took me about 2 hours to figure out the entire unit. its worth the money!! Ordered a video/music module for my ipod and from what i heard its bad!!!!!



    Great Nav unit / DVD player and all that

    mike from Bryceville, Fl on 2/22/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is great, the resolution is good, you can customize backgrounds, control backseat monitors, etc. The Nav is really good, I bought this thing when it was $1400, and i thought it was a good deal then, now it's a steal. <BR><BR> The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because when i bought it and installed it, my map software was already outdated, and its hard to see in direct sunlight. <BR><BR> It's also good that no matter what else you have going on, even with the Nav not up, once you punch in your destination it will still tell you your route over the radio, or a movie, or whatever. Also cool that it plays videos off your Ipod. <BR><BR> It hasn't lead me astray yet. Great for on the fly detours when traffic hits. Also if you need it, like in a car, you can program the screen to be tilted up or down for best viewing. Once you get the hang of it, I think you can take over the world with it too.



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    Tiffany from hamden/new haven, ct on 2/22/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i love this product had it for about 2weeks now. still dont know much of the features it does but im highly satisfied...



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    Brian from Bothell, WA on 2/21/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been an avid Pioneer fan for a long time, last deck was a Pioneer 6.5&quot; motorized touch screen. Bought a new 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab with factory navitgation, (sucks). So I have this large opening and want a full screen and have been contemplating the AVIC unit for almost two years now. Came across the Kenwood DNX7100 at Crutchfield. Purchased it, which came with the free camera, the unit rocks, saved $1000 over the AVIC and in my opinon is just as good if not better. The backup camera is awesome. Crutchfield did a good job of including pretty much everything I needed to do the install with one exception. They did not include a factory wiring diagram. Was able to download for a price off the Metra website though. My overall experience with Crutchfield has been great. I highly reccomend this deck to anyone who even considers it.



    Great Garmin nav, lousy A/V UI, XM doesn't work yet!

    Mark from Charleston, WV on 2/14/2008

    2000 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted an all-in-one with Nav, XM, and iPod controls for my 2000 Land Cruiser. I selected this model because it had Garmin nav software, and that has been the one bright spot. The Garmin nav works great!<BR><BR> However, the A/V UI on this thing is pitiful. It looks like it was designed by a 1960s IBM mainframe programmer, and requires way too many steps to do common functions. For example, to switch to radio you have to:<BR><BR> (1) press the function button<BR> (2) press the function button again<BR> (3) press the touchscreen "direct" button<BR> (4) press the touchscreen "tuner" button<BR> (5) select AM or FM if its not already on the one you want<BR><BR> Its that bad for everything too. It doesn't even have hard buttons for track forward/backward or play/pause so you have to go through that rigmarole if you aren't on the control screen. And the options menus, holy cow! I won't even describe all the steps you have to go through just to change the tilt on the screen if the sun is glaring on it. But here's the worst part. I got this almost 5 months ago and ordered the XM Direct2 adapter option. Guess what, it still isn't working because Audiovox has to update the adapter firmware for every single model it's intended to work with, and they haven't gotten around to the DNX7100. I see Crutchfield has finally taken the XM adapter off their list of accessories, but they were selling it when it doesn't even work yet, and it's the only XM option for this receiver!



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    goddess from concord,ca on 2/4/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    loooove this, looks great easy to install. has all the bells and whistles you could what. i have had this for 2 months now and have not found anything that i would change. using the gps is very user friendly and i love the fact that if you take a wrong turn it recaucltes back on track. you cannot go wrong buying this and now that it comes with the back up camera,that too was easy to install and use. backing up will never be the same.




    Dana from WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA on 2/1/2008




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    Max from El Paso, TX on 1/31/2008

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado

    I had the receiver installed, so I am not sure how difficult the installation may be. I do, however, really enjoy this new unit very much. I really can't find anything wrong with. Navigation works great and there are so many features for customizing and fine tuning your audio... Great Buy...



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    Tony from Pennsylvania on 1/6/2008

    This system has a ton of features that are great. I got it with rear-view cam, DVD, IPOD, BlueTooth and steering wheel controler. The navigation is by Garmin so that was terrific, but the user interface could stand a face lift. Its not very intuitive and is very cluttered. Also, it looks like they designed it in the '80's. I got the optional IPOD and Blue Tooth adapters and both work great except that the BlueTooth requires you to SEND your phonebook FROM your phone to the unit. That would be fine if Verizon allowed you to do that, but since they don't, I have no way of getting my phone book from my phone to the 7100. That makes dialing the phone troublesome at best. Receiving calls is totally hands free, but making them is dangerous when driving. Lastly, don't bother with the steering wheel control module... it just doesn't work. Maybe its just my car (2004 Isuzu Ascender), but I've tried 2 modules and professional installation and it still doesn't work right. Overall its a great unit and would be better if the overhauled the interface, made it so the BlueTooth grabbed your phone book and made a steering wheel control module that worked.



    Good Overall Except for....

    AVholic from Dallas, TX on 12/4/2007

    I will not repeat what others already mentioned in past reviews. In summary, DNX7100 is a good In-Dash GPS Navigation HU for those who want flexibility, features and the best navigation in the market (Garmin). DNX7100 is not at the same level as AVIC-D3 nor AVIC-Z2. It is in-between. It is similar to AVIC-Z2 without the hard drive. As the title of this review suggests, it is good overall except for the following issues I encountered with my unit: a) the LPF (low pass filter) does not work (good thing my amplifier has a good LPF), b) the screen tilt-down does not work (however all tilt-up positions work). Perhaps the later batches (with newer firmware) do not have these issues.



    Great system

    Ryan from Seattle, WA on 11/27/2007

    I purchased this navigational system for my Honda Pilot. Crutchfield said that it was not recommended for my vehicle. So, make sure you check with who ever is going to install it for you if they can put it in or not. My installer told me before hand that it would fit with some extra pieces - looks great! <BR><BR> Navigation system is a 10! Super easy to use, and does a great job of navigating. This is my wife's car, and a gift for her. She loves it. <BR><BR> My car has steering wheel controls for the stereo. I bought the kenwood controls for that, and it has a lag time that is a little annoying. I'm getting use to it. <BR><BR> I love the IPod control. If you have an IPod, definitely get the cables/components for it. It is well worth it. It shows everything on the screen that your IPod would. Sounds great, and the navigation-timing with between the system and Ipod is great. <BR><BR> Tuner/Radio is cool. 18 presets is enough for me, though it seems like this big of a system, you should be able to have a lot more if you wanted. <BR><BR> Video is great. Watched part of a DVD, and it looks good - haven't sat there to watch a full one yet. I have watched a couple TV episodes that were on my IPod though, and that looked and sounded fantastic. <BR><BR> Navigating around the unit to each function took a little time to get used to. There is a learning curve. <BR><BR> Overall, I'm very happy about the system.



    DNX7100 Rocks! (cont'd)

    Mike L. from Wading River, NY on 9/25/2007

    The Bluetooth unit works well. Depending on your phone, you may or may not be able to download your phonebook onto the unit. But, you can always use the incoming/outgoing calls lists to make phone calls. When you receive/make calls, the radio mutes, or if using a cd or an iPOD, it pauses them. There is a button to make calls private. The microphone works well and the sound from the speakers is clear.<BR> The rear view camera also works well. You can program the radio to interrupt whatever it is doing, and when you put the car in reverse, the picture from the rear view camera is shown on the screen. The picture quality from the rear view camera could be better. There is no night vision with the camera, so if it is pitch black out, that is what you&#8217;ll see. Also, in the installation manual, it states that the camera should not get exposed to rain or get wet. I had planned on installing the camera above my rear license plate, which would have given an excellent view of what was behind me. But, because of the mounting limitations, I had to mount the camera on the inside of my car on the top of the back window. This limits your sight and you cannot see directly behind you (at bumper and below levels). <BR> The iPOD connection works great. The speed of the radio when reading and selecting artists and albums etc., is very quick. Probably one of the fastest out at this time. My girlfriend has a JVC radio with the iPOD connection. Her radio is a lot slower in these selections than the DNX7100 is. As stated earlier, if you have album artwork on your iPOD, this will show up on the screen also. You can also play your iPOD videos on this radio. <BR>



    DNX7100 Rocks!

    Mike L. from Wading River, NY on 9/25/2007

    I bought the Kenwood DNX7100 last week and installed it in my 2005 STi. I think this radio is amazing. It comes with a wireless remote and this radio has many capabilities. Even though this radio is very intuitive, make sure to read the instruction/installation manuals thoroughly before using/installing the radio. This will save you alot of frustration. <BR> Installation was a snap. Make sure to buy a wiring harness to fit the factory wiring harness. This will make the installation very easy. The radio fits perfectly in my dash and looks factory installed. <BR> One of the things that attracted me to this unit was that it has a built-in 2GB memory for navigation. There are no CDs to mess with, or a separate unit to mount elsewhere in the car and take up more space. The navigation on this unit is made by Garmin. The radio has a slot for an SD card in the front of it. When you want to download new/more current maps, you just download them and install into the radio via an SD card. The navigation unit works flawlessly and has not led me astray so far. The maps have great detail and the navigation voices are clear and very informative. <BR> The screen is big and the picture quality is excellent. This radio allows you to watch DVDs and videos on your iPOD (with additional accessories). The radio works well and the cd player is high quality. The screen displays the artist, title, track time, etc., if this information is on the cd. It also displays all this info when the iPOD is hooked up. If you have album covers on your iPOD, these will also show up on the screen. <BR> I have also installed several accessories with this radio. I installed the bluetooth, rear view camera, and



    Great Product

    MARCO from Annapolis, Maryland on 9/15/2007

    I Have this product installed in a 2005 Dodge Magnum. In my opinion, this is the best aftermarket DVD/Navigation system around. I'm a huge Pioneer fan, but was not impressed with the ipod integration of the Avic-D3. The avic-z2 has no bypass available and the 10 gig storage capacity is great but you can't pick and choose what you want to burn into storage (you can only burn whole cd's) The Alpine IVA-W205 was impressive but with the Blackbird II navigation release delays, I was skepticle. The Eclipse 6610 was next on my list, but I did not want a disc based navigation system. <BR><BR>So I went ahead and purchased the Kenwood DNX7100. It is a great system without a doubt. First of all the ipod integration is great with full speed on screen controls, the Garmin navigation is completely accurate and it plays dvd/divx movies without issues. The 6.95 inch display is crisp and provides adjustable viewing options. The touchscreen is accurate and very responsive. I have to say that I am impressed with this dvd/nav unit and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an all in one unit (no need for an external a/v box) and no fumbling for map discs. I do however believe they could have done a better job on the wireless controller (feels a bit cluttered). You will appreciate this system without a doubt!



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    Mike from Mt. Laurel on 8/27/2007

    Not even close to being the hardest install I've done. No cutting involved - just had to redrill a couple holes in the factory mounting brackets.<BR><BR>All in all this is a really nice unit. I've done a lot of research on products like this and have come to the conclusion that the DNX7100 has one of the best navigational setups around that is not of the stand alone variety. I had the DNX1700 conected to Garmin's GXM 30 antenna/receiver for the XM/Nav traffic. I did not like the interface that was used to get to the XM portion, which is accessible only thru the navigation screen (under "tools" no less - awful!)- more like an after thought on Garmin's end. Anyway, I'm sending the Garmin back and switching to Kenwood's XM Direct setup to utilize the Kenwood interface versus Garmin's "Through the Navigation Section" XM interface. <BR>The usb is a nice touch which allows me to plug in a thumb/flash drive to listen to mp3s without the need to burn to a cd. DVD operation is ok, haven't really watched movies in car. The touch screen is nice, too. Not overly sensitive, but precise. There is an SD card slot that will allow for software and map updates which will keep the unit up to date for some time to come.



    Amazing Value

    David from Arlington, VA on 6/13/2007

    In short-<BR><BR>There is no better Navigation unit, it locates me precisely and gets me there without any weird routes or detours;<BR><BR>The music sounds great when attached to an external amplifier; and<BR><BR>My favorite feature, by far, is the USB input port, so you can hook up an huge and inexpensive, portable hard drive to store your music.



    Great Unit!

    Jeff from Littleton, CO on 6/7/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got the DNX for a Toyota Land Cruiser to replace the tired factory stereo. I agree with the other reviews, definitely need to run through the manual. Once through and you will be a pro! The nav system is great, and we have tested it with hard to find and obscure locations.. found them no problem. The ability to update the hard drive is key as well. <BR><BR>DVD is great, and the kids love it. <BR><BR>We have the Sirius satellite connection and have had no problems. I would agree there could be more user friendly search options, but for most part anyone that has satellite radio gets pretty familiar with the channel numbers anyway.. so it's not a big deal to punch them in. <BR><BR>IPod function is very good, and displaying the album art is WAY cool. Two thumbs up on this unit. Friends of mine bocked at getting the Kenwood over some of the 'more expensive' units.. until they saw it in action. All of them are sold now and firm believers.



    What a unit...

    God's child from Navarre, FL. on 5/24/2007

    This is a one of a kind unit. It truly does everything. I don't know how anyone could Not be happy with it. I agree, you do have to read the manual to become good on the operations end. But I'd do that with any unit. This unit is complex. It requires smarts.:) I've had it now about three days and I've got it down solid. Watching movies is like watching a high def. set. The navigation system is right on. It's all cool.



    The AVIC killer.....

    Eugene from Illinois on 5/20/2007

    This unit has it all, and at the right price. The first unit that controls Ipod video direct from the screen (that i know of). I went from an Alpine IVA-W200 to this. Alpine's nice and i thought no one had their Ipod fullspeed with precentage search beat, but the kenwood deck has the same thing, except with video! But you kinda HAVE to read the manual before using this or you'll be totally lost. The controls aren't the most intuitive, but the NAV is spot-on, the ipod audio screen even has album cover art on it. As someone who has about 30gb of music on his ipod, it's important that i can search without hitting the down button 8000 times, so going straight to the middle (or end, or beginning) of my albums list is a BIG plus. I was going to get the Pioneer AVIC z1, but when I saw this I figured i'd give it a shot. I got one for me and one for my wife and we are both very satisfied. But MAKE SURE YOU READ THE MANUAL FIRST! We were watching a dvd and couldn't figure out why every time we touched the screen it went to the next chapter. Turns out we were always hitting the right side of the screen, and that's an invisible soft-button. read about it in the manual.<BR><BR>PROS: Almost Everything. Really. Especially for navigation users and Ipod users. EXCEPT.......<BR><BR>CONS: User interface takes some getting used to since it's not the most intuitive.



    Very disappointed

    John from Springfield IL on 5/4/2007

    Still learning the unit but here are the complaints so far. Comparison is Factory BWM, MB, and Honda<BR><BR>Sirius Radio.. using the Kenwood Sirius moudule, hard to navigate, to find the "catagories", text is small and hard to read, and manipulate while driving. There is a lot of info on the screen and "bottons". The radio is setup to work with XM, many XM specific menus, eg weather, traffic, music etc.. GET XM if you can<BR><BR>BlueTooth.. the most disappointing aspect. I am using a Razor V3. Will show the "connected" then name will drop off the screen, even though there is a sigal strength display. Not able to enter any numbers nor dial. <BR><BR>And the biggest PROBLEM is that you cannot enter numbers/tones via the touch screen, E.G. "Please enter 1 to contuinue, and touching the "1" on the screen does nothing.. you must enter the numbner via the handset.. SO.. no checking voicemail, customer service etc while on Bluetooth. <BR><BR>Now to the unit its self. I am still learning it so will limit comment to first impressions. Nav seems good, and the "DASHBOARD" (speed display) is nice.. so the NAV get a 3 star rating. My road is mislabeled but it is also that way in the BMW and MB Nav system.. NavTeq Problem. . <BR><BR>Use of the iPod USB cable prevents the use of a storage device from which to upload new backgrounds.<BR><BR>The Main menu system is not very intuitive and cumbersome to get through. Definitely a LEARNING CURVE here and finding the often used short cuts may make it easier. <BR>No illumination at night when OFF.. have to push buttons in the dark. Poor "dimming" at nigh




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input 2
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready ---
    HD Radio ---
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2.0 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    General Features
    Disc Playback Features
    Tuner Features
    Audio Features
    External Device Controls
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    General Features

    Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DNX7100 features a motorized 6.95" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 480 x 234 with 336,960 total pixels (480H x 234V x RGB). The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. It also has a 7-step adjustable viewing angle, including a reversible-tilt angle. This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.

    Selectable Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes for the display monitor for each of the video modes (iPod Video, DVD and Video).

    • 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
    • Just: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally only at the edges
    • Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the display's brightness, tint, color, contrast, and black level.

    Backgrounds: The unit features backgrounds that can be selected from readily available patterns or you can create your own by using original pictures or images downloaded from your portable USB device.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX7100 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. Unlike many in-dash monitors, there is no hideaway box; all the inputs and outputs are included within the unit's chassis. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Front Panel Controls: In addition to the touch-screen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen.

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

    A/V AUX Input: The DVD/CD player features a set audio/video 3.5mm inputs on the rear of the unit. There is one stereo 3.5mm input for audio and another 3.5mm input for video. They are attached to the back of the unit by a 36" pigtail. The A/V AUX input can be used to transfer audio and video signal from your potable MP3/Photo/Video player to the DNX7100.

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

    Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels.

    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

    Tel Mute: The DNX7100 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) 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 and pause the system automatically.

    Remote Control: The DNX7100 is equipped with the RC-DV330 full-function IR wireless remote control with a numeric keypad. A slide switch allows you to switch between the control modes for the built-in DVD/CD player, a TV source, a tuner/disc changer/disc player source and built-in Navigation receiver.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The DNX7100 has a "steering remote control" lead attached to the harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item #127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.


    Built-In Navigation: The Kenwood DNX7100 features a built-in Garmin GPS navigation on-board mapping system with City Navigator North America NT v8 map data of the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada stored onto 2GB of built-in memory. Once you determine your destination and as you travel, the navigation system guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrow, and directions along the top of the on-screen map. If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. Real time TMC Traffic Information or XM Traffic and Weather information can be added as and option using the Kenwood GXM30 XM NavTraffic Satellite Radio receiver and subscription, sold separately.

    WAAS: WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) is a system of ground reference stations across the US that correct for GPS inaccuracies caused by orbit and clock drift, as well as signal delays due to atmosphere and ionosphere conditions. With WAAS engaged, the GPS positioning accuracy is improved to within approximately 10 feet. WAAS can be turned off if you prefer.

    EGNOS: The unit also features EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), which is the European answer to WAAS. EGNOS is turned on and off along with WAAS.

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

    Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. The DNX7100 also features pre-recorded voices, which have a limited vocabulary and do not speak names of locations or streets. Voice prompts are available in English, Spanish or French.

    Speed Adjust Volume: The volume of the voice prompts can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise.

    Multi-Language Display: The DNX7100's on-screen menu supports 20 different languages to choose from, including - English, Spanish, French and German.

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

    Map Detail: The DNX7100 allows you to adjust the amount of detail shown on the map. Displaying more detail cause the map to redraw your route slower. You can choose to adjust the following detail settings.

    • Orientation: Changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with  your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).
    • Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two.
    • Auto Zoom: Disables or enables automatic zooming on the map for optimal viewing; you can also specify a maximum Auto Zoom distance from 120 feet to 300 miles.
    • Route Color: Choose the color of the route line (Green, Magenta, Blue, or Orange).
    • Dim Roads: Dims the roads that are not on your route; you can customize this setting to Never or While Driving.
    • Map Data Fields: Customizes the width and contents of the data fields displayed on the map page; you can choose from Normal, None, Thin or Wide.
    • Text Size: Adjusts the display size of the text on the Map from none, Small, Medium or Large.
    • Detail Maps: enables and disables the preloaded detailed maps.
    • Base Map: Selects the appropriate base map (Americas, Atlantic, or Pacific) depending on your current location.

    Navigation Settings: The DNX7100 features the following Navigation Settings to help calculate your route.

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

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

    • Address: Input your destination address by house number, street, and city.
    • Food, Hotel...: Allows you to search for points of interest in the following categories: Food and Drink, Lodging, Fuel, ATM/Bank, Shopping, Attractions, Recreation, Entertainments, Transportation, Hospital, Auto Services, Community, Other or Search All. The "Spell Name" feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name. When searching for a point of interest, you can choose one of the following proximity settings: Near Here, Near Other City or Near Recent Finds
    • Streets and Cities: Allows you to search for a city, street, intersection or exit.
    • My Locations: Store a destination as a Favorite in advance, then easily select it as your new destination or insert it as point along your route.
    • Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
    • Recent Finds: Choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints.
    • Go Home: Store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location

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

    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.

    Add Midpoints: You can add midpoints (also called via points or stops) to your routes as you create it  when you edit the route.

    Detour: You can detour from your current route, routing off the current road for 1/2, 2, or 5 miles. You can also select a road on your current route to detour around. If you are using the optional XM NavTraffic GXM30 receiver, you can detour around traffic events.

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

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

    Custom POIs (Points of Interest): 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 an SD card which can be loaded into the unit's front panel SD-card slot located behind the electronically slide-down monitor.

    Software And Map Data Updates: You can purchase updated map SD-cards and download operational firmware updates from Garmin's web site. Check to see if a firmware update or an SD-card with a newer map version is available. Updated firmware data will need to be downloaded onto a blank SD-card from your PC and then inserted into the Kenwood navigation unit to be downloaded. SD-cards with newer map versions can simply be purchased from Garmin's website and then loaded into the DNX7100 for download.

    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.

    XM Weather/NavTraffic Compatible: The DNX7100 is compatible with Kenwood's GXM30 XM Smart Antenna (sold separately) which delivers XM Satellite Radio to the DNX7100 navigation unit. Subscriptions to XM Satellite Radio and/or XM NavTraffic are required. Powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, XM is the nation's first satellite-based data traffic information service that enables a vehicle's on-board GPS navigation system to display current traffic and weather information for select metropolitan areas, including the driver's chosen route. XM NavTraffic can display the following information:

    • Real-time traffic flow information (including the actual traffic speed data in some cases)
    • Unscheduled traffic incident data (such as accidents, disabled vehicles, and weather-related issues)
    • Scheduled traffic incident data (such as road construction and road closures)

    Note: Because the reporting of information on traffic accidents, disabled vehicles, etc. relies on human interaction, the time span from when an incident occurs and when is displayed by XM NavTraffic will vary.

    Disc Playback Features

    Disc Compatibility: The DNX7100 is compatible with the following disc formats.

    • DVD: DVD-video, DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, DVD-R DL, and DVD+R DL
    • CD: CD-audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DTS-CD, and Video CD

    Note: CD-EXTRA and Super Audio CDs will only playback the CD portion of the disc. HDCDs will playback in normal CD sound quality.

    AAC-LC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC-LC (.M4a), MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    JPEG/MPEG/DivX Playback: In addition to MP3/WMA/AAC-LC discs, this unit can play discs with JPEG, MPEG and DivX files. You can display JPEG images of up to 8192 x 7680 pixels, and progressive format JPEG images of up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. The unit can also play MPEG1 videos of 320 x 240 and 352 x 240 (NTSC) plus MPEG2 videos of 640 x 480 and 704 x 480 (NTSC). In addition, the unit can play DivX video of 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 450, and 720 x 576.

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

    Selectable DVD Aspect Ratio Modes: You can choose from the following Aspect Ratio modes when viewing DVDs.

    • 16:9: displays wide pictures
    • 4:3 LB: displays wide pictures in the Letter Box format (having black stripes at the top and bottom of the screen)
    • 4:3 PS: displays wide pictures in the Pan & Scan format (showing pictures cut at the right and left ends)

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

    Folder Select: Folder Select searches folders and Audio files stored in media and devices according to hierarchy.

    Disc Select: Disc Select displays a list of discs in the Disc-changer and allows you to select the disc to listen.

    Disc Name Preset (DNPS): You may assign names to discs played in the internal CD player. Each disc name can be up to 16 characters long, and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to 10 discs. (See below for further DNPS features with CD changers.)

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

    VCD Zoom: You can zoom in on Video-CD discs during playback up to 2x normal view.

    Picture Control: During playback of a video or picture file you can reverse the picture horizontally, rotate the image counter clockwise or rotate it clockwise.

    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.

    Tuner Features

    CR-2 Tuner: The DNX7100 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC) for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

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

    Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in each band either by name or frequency.

    Audio Features

    16/24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs and CDs, the DNX7100 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter for DVD playback and a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter for CD playback.

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

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

    System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels, there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter). The non-fading preamp output, for use with subwoofer amplifiers, has a low-pass filter with a selectable cutoff frequency of 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter). You can also switch the phase of the subwoofer output from normal to reverse, and adjust the level of the output from -50 to +10 in 1dB steps.

    Bass Management System (B.M.S.): This unit is equipped with an interface (pink/black wire in the wiring harness) which controls certain special features of B.M.S.-equipped Kenwood eXcelon amplifiers. This unit, when properly connected, can remotely activate and adjust the amount of bass boost in the amplifier. You can choose between +6dB, +12dB, or +18dB bass boost, or flat (no boost). In addition, you can lower the bass boost center frequency by 20%, switching between "Normal" and "Low".

    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.

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

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

    External Device Controls

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter. Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter.

    iPod High Speed Connection: The USB port and A/V AUX input are also compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP300V adapter (part # 113IP300V, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP300V (3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the DNX7100. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood DVD/CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the DNX7100 are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP300V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application. The following iPods can be controlled from this unit.

    Controllable iPod Software Version
    iPod nano iPod nano software 1.2
    iPod nano second generation iPod nano software 1.1.1
    iPod with video iPod software 1.2

    Note: You must update your iPod software if its version is less than the above.

    USB Port: The Kenwood DNX7100 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 36" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables connection to portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and audio control of MP3 player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system.  A single or multi-slot card reader can also be connected the USB port, allowing your music to be put neatly into different types of memory cards. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will recharged while it's connected to the USB port and the DNX7100 is turned on.

    Note: The iPod nano and iPod video can be hooked up directly via USB, but without the Kenwood adapter cable (KCA-iP300V), you will not be able to play iTunes or other copyright protected content and you will lose any audio/video file browsing control.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN1).
    • SIRIUS: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50).
    • Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input (adapter may be required).

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

    HD Radio Ready: The DNX7100 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item #113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    TV Tuner Ready: You can tune local TV stations with the optional Kenwood KTC-V500N (item #113KTCV500) or KTC-V300N (113KTCV300) TV tuner. The Auto Memory feature allows you to store up to 6 stations in each of two preset memory bands. Names for up to 20 stations can be stored in memory.

    CD Changer Controls: The DNX7100 is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. This unit features the following display features when used with a CD-changer.

    • Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit. The Disc Select menu will display the names of the discs 6 at a time.
    • CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: In addition to the rear 3.5mm auxiliary input, using an optional auxiliary input adapter, such as the CA-C1AUX, you can connect an additional portable audio source to this unit instead of a CD changer. With the KCA-S220A switch, you can connect the additional portable audio source in addition to 1 or 2 CD changers.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    RCA A/V Input: The DNX7100 is equipped with a built-in audio/video input with a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack on pigtails on the back of the unit. The AV-IN can be named "VIDEO", "DVD", "VCD", "VCR", "GAME", TV or "AUX".

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

    3.5mm A/V Input: The DNX7100 features a 3.5mm audio input and 3.5mm video input on a set of 36" pigtails on the rear unit for portable MP3/Video players. These terminals are also compatible with your dock connector iPod using the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately.

    USB: The DNX7100 also features a female type-A USB terminal on a 36" pigtail on the back of the unit for connection of USB devices. This connection is also compatible with your dock connector iPod using the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately.

    TV Tuner Input: The DDX7019 includes a 20-pin input for the optional Kenwood KTC-V500N or KTC-V300N TV tuners.

    4-Pin Input: There is a 4-pin input terminal on the back of the unit that the sub-power/accessory/ground harness plugs into.

    Relay Input: There is a 3-pin input terminal on the back of the unit that is used for the supplied relay harness.

    GPS Antenna Input: The unit features a GPS antenna connection that plugs into the supplied GPS Receiver antenna.

    FM Traffic or XM Smart Antenna Input: The unit also features a 5-pin connection for adding an optional FM Traffic or XM Smart Antenna (113GXM30T, sold separately).

    Rear View Camera Input: The unit has an additional video jack for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CCD-900 (item # 113CCD900). The video from this input can be set to display when switched to with the Video Select button, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a mirror image, if desired.

    Note: The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the aqua wire in the supplied harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit, as well as a constant power source and ground. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

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

    SD-Card Slot: There is an SD-card slot located behind the electronic slide-down face for inserting SD-cards with custom POI points downloaded from your PC.

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