Disc & USB Playback
Excelon Series: The DNX890HD navigation receiver is part of
Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and
delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities,
crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (5V) and a 2 year warrant, - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX890HD utilizes
a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX890HD 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
DNX890HD 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 DNX890HD 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
Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order
to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to
set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP
settings include the following:
- Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the
Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each
channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size
Car, Wagon, Mini Van, Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
- Listening Position: For a better sound-stage you can
select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,
Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound
stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle
compared to your listening position.
- Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20'
(0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and
Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening
positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
- Speaker Location: You can set the location of your
vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
- Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
- Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
- Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your
Front and Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
- Front: OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75",
7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
- Tweeter: None, Small, Middle, or Large
- Rear: None, OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75",
7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
- Subwoofer: None, 6.5", 8", 10", 12", or 15"+
- X'Over: The head unit features independent Front and
Rear high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
- Front High Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90,
100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per
octave (or select Full-Range)
- Rear High Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90,
100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per
octave (or select Full-Range)
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80,
90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB
per octave (or Select Full-Range)
- Subwoofer Control: You can adjust the subwoofer
output's Phase and Level.
- Phase: Choose either Normal (0°) or Reverse
- Subwoofer Level: You can adjust the level of the unit's
subwoofer preamp output from -50to +10dB.
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one
of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back
speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:
- EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock,
Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve
types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ).
- 13-Band EQ: 13-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB)
for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz,
100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz,
Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source
(Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Bass Enhancements: The DNX890HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC
Extension, and Loudness.
- Bass Boost: The DNX890HD features a four-step Bass
Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
- Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than
6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to
make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Sound Effects: The DNX890HD provides unique sound effect
- Space Enhancer: You can set the Space Enhancer to
Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level.
- Elevation: You can virtually raise the sound
position heard from your speakers. The Elevation Level can be set to High,
Low, or Off.
- Highway Sound: You can boost a certain range of sound that
becomes hard to hear due to road noise. The Highway Sound level can be set to
High, Low, or Off.
Music Enhancers: You can restore the sound lost due to audio
compression to a realistic sound.
- Realizer: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate
(less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Realizer feature boosts
low frequencies which can be lost during compression. Set to Level 1, Level
1, Level 3, or Off.
- Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate
(less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function
restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files
encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression
format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit
plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
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.
Dynamic Range Control: The dynamic range can be adjusted by
selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume
become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the
movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.
Key Beep: The in-dash navigation-multimedia head unit
provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be
turned On or Off.
Motorized Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
features a motorized 6.95" 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. You can scroll screen
lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply
flicking the screen right/left. The monitor
electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The motorized
touchscreen display not only allows the bottom of the monitor to be tilted
upward at five different positions, but also enables the top of the monitor to
be tilted outward to eliminate reflected glare (you can save any one of these positions to
the head unit's memory).
- Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for
video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3),
or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
- Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display
brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs
during video playback.
- Custom Background Images: You can download a still image
(800 x 600) for use as
the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
- Custom Top Menu: The Top Menu screen (main menu) features two
rows of source & settings icons. The top row has 3 large icons which can be
accessed directly, while the bottom row has 12 smaller icons which have to
be scrolled through. You can customize the Top Menu by selecting your three
favorite source/settings icons as the top 3 icons.
Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD has a start up time of
approximately 29.5 seconds from Off to the "Warning" screen. Once the "Warning"
screen appears, you can tap the "Agree" button on the head unit's touchscreen to
go instantly to the Navigation screen or press the "Menu" hard-key to access the
Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is
equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is
best suited to your first language; English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Split Screen AV Control: The DNX890HD's screen views can be
easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate
button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens,
with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this
Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation
map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness)
must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot
view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to
view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will
simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle
is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu
screens/settings, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the
navigation on-screen map.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
along the bottom edge of the screen. You can adjust the head
unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky
Blue, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset
colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red,
Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Eject and Kenwood logo remain red, regardless of
variable color illumination setting.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and
button illumination automatically
when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white
Illumination wire of this player's harness. You can also manually dim the unit's
display and button illumination.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to
protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the
security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your
vehicle's ignition is off.
2-DIN Chassis: The DNX890HD has a
2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many
vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the
supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation
software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2013), the Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million
Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations,
attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software
provides you with calculated on-screen
routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination
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 DNX890HD 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 SD-card slot is located behind the motorized
touchscreen monitor. The microSD-card slot is only
used for software and map updates. It cannot be used for playback of
media files from an microSD memory card.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal
antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS
antenna that features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable
terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-input on the back of the
head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the
dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The
self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" x 2.5625".
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Position Accuracy: <6 meters, typical
Note: The first time you turn on this unit, you must
wait while the system acquires satellite signals for the first time. This
process could take up to several minutes. Make sure your vehicle is outdoors
in an open area away from tall building and trees for fastest acquisition.
After the system acquires satellites for the first time, it will acquire
satellites quickly each time thereafter.
NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic receives traffic information
that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The free FM TMC subscription
activates automatically after the navigation system acquires satellite signals
while receiving traffic signals from the service provider. NAVTEQ Traffic
provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America,
including the United States and Canada. If traffic is congested up ahead or
there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate
the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily.
Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so
you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route. When the unit is
receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner
of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of
traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.
|Color ||Description ||Meaning |
| Green ||Low severity ||Traffic is flowing normally |
| Yellow ||Medium severity ||Traffic slightly congested |
| Red ||High Severity ||Traffic is heavily congested or
| Gray ||No data ||Traffic data has not updated |
Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription.
Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there
is no subscription fees.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD displays a real-time moving map illustrating your
current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic
details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a
magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the
DNX890HD guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the
top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to
your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed
in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner.
The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right
corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the
touchscreen during navigation. If you depart from the original route, the
navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.
- Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown
on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
- 2D/3D Map View: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up
(displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up
(displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top
of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your
direction of travel at the top of screen).
- Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station
wagon, sports car,
compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.
Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech
voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens.
The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as
you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers,
only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can
independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting
the main volume. The unit only offers English voice prompts in a male or female
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source
while navigating. The DNX890HD will mute the music source, when there is a
text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music
volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Turn/Lane Assistant+Junction View: While navigating a route, a preview of
the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner
of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the
lane in which you should be traveling, if available. Junction View displays a
realistic view of upcoming road details facilitating a safer navigation
experience (for major highways only).
Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food,
lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the
following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major
highway or road to use this feature.
Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you
travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the
roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does
not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs
and to use safe driving judgment at all times.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant
access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where
Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your
current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also
menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations,
and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Where To? Screen: The Where To? screen provides several
different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and
other locations. The detailed map loaded in the navigation system also contains
millions of points of interest to choose from.
|Destination Search ||
|Browse Map ||Allows you to search for a
destination by touching and dragging the map. |
|Go Home ||You can store one home location to allow you
to calculate a route home from any current location. |
|Address ||Input your destination address by
house number, street, city, and zip-code. |
|Cities ||Allows you to search by city's name.
|Intersections ||Allows you to search where to
streets intersect. |
|Category || |
The detailed maps loaded in this
navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels,
auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use
these categories to browse for nearby
businesses and attractions.
|Favorites ||You can save all of your favorite
places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them
|Recent ||Choose from one of your most recent
destinations or waypoints. |
|Coordinates ||Allows you to search your
destination by longitude and latitude values. |
|Search Bar ||You can use the Search Bar to search
for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city
|Shortcuts ||You can add up to 36
shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location,
a category, or a search tool. |
Note: The navigation system automatically searches
for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNX890HD
search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite
destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you
can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel,
or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be
undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes,
Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original
route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new
route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour
around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original
route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are
currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNX890HD might not calculate
Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create
and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip
Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in
the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most
efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application
allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map.
In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have
traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've
Been and Trip Log features to function.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your
current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip.
Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the
distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and
driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed
are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Trends: The DNX890HD has the ability to recall frequent
destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route
- myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are
driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated
time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when
you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the
myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites,
and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days
of regular driving usage.
- trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is
enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to
calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on
traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's
fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your
destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you
access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage
information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your
- Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles
and the current fuel price, the DNX890HD calculates fuel used, the average
fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the
- At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price,
amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your
vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
- ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you
maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your
overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You
overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
- Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed
for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
- Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration;
lose points for rapid acceleration
- Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose
points for hard braking
- Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance,
the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a
destination. A mileage report (up to 20) is created for every route that you
drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is
created for the distance you traveled.
Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only
an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
Future Update for Smartphone Link w/ Garmin Live Services:
The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD will require a future software update (not yet available)
to support Garmin's Smartphone Link App and Live Services.
The free Smartphone Link
can be downloaded from the
Google Play store
. The download includes several Garmin Live Services, as
well as premium subscription services. Smartphone Link creates a seamless
navigation experience between the Kenwood navigation receiver and your Android
smartphone (2.1+). It allows the two devices to share information; such as saved
and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. It
also links the Kenwood navigation receiver to Garmin Live Services; such as
traffic, weather, and fuel prices using your smartphone's current mobile data
plan. Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date "live" information to the
Kenwood navigation receiver using your Android's mobile data plan. There's no
need for an additional data connection. Some services are included free when you
connect to Smartphone Link; others are available through subscriptions that
offer premium content and enhanced features.
- Live Traffic: Garmin Live Traffic provides the
best-in-class real-time information to help you navigate in and around
congestion. Live Traffic is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than
1,000 messages every update cycle.
- photoLive Traffic Cameras: Provides drivers the
ability to look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to get a glance at
traffic and weather conditions.
- Real-time Safety Cameras: Alerts you to fixed and
mobile safety camera data to help you arrive safely at your destination.
- Fuel Prices: Helps you find the best prices for any
grade of fuel in your area or on your route. Just tap the screen and
go to your chosen station.
- Dynamic Parking: Helps you locate parking areas close
to your destination. It also will provide you with the number of spots
available and the current cost of the parking spot.
- Garmin Tracker: Allows you to track the location of
your Kenwood navigation receiver and vehicle via myGarmin. You also can
send a link via Facebook, Twitter, or email for others to track you as you
- Local Weather (free): Current localized weather,
temperature, and forecasts.
- Advanced Weather: In addition to what the free
weather service provides, Advanced Weather also allows users to receive
severe weather alerts and view animated radar images. Colors distinguish
types of precipitation, such as rain, snow and ice, to help you avoid bad
Note: An unlimited data plan is recommended when using
Garmin Live Services. Some services may not be available in all
areas. Some services may require a paid subscription.
Tools: The DNX890HD 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
- Unit Converter: You can convert distance, speed, area, currency,
temperature, volume, and weight.
- Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple
Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system
functions when the vehicle's parking brake 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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD is equipped
with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone
calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from
your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth
wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP
(Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth
enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all
features when used with the Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD. Visit
Kenwood's Support Site
for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a
registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto
connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to
five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone
can be used at a time).
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
touchscreen controls of the DNX890HD can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring
adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while
listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation,
you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone)
and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone
will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone
number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's
touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming
call immediately (within 0-99 seconds).
- Dialing a Number: Using the DNX890HD, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly
dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen
(your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged).
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed
from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded
phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
DNX890HD. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell
phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up
to 50 characters long. You can search
the phone book in alphabetical order.
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls
that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can
dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into
the included microphone.
External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD includes an
external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice
command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality
versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic
and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the
microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features
an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs
into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an
integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or
taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505"
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated
SMS: You can wirelessly download a SMS text-message arrived
at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth-connected Kenwood
head unit. You can reply to a SMS test-message by using the head unit's
touchscreen to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of text that
can be downloaded or entered. You can also select a quick reply from the head
unit's template list; such as "I'm driving right now" or "I will call you
later", etc.. Your cell-phone must support SMS via Bluetooth for this feature to
function. Do not read incoming messages or reply while driving.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood
DNX890HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNX890HD will be able to
control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such
as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The
head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title. The DNX890HD also supports audio streaming of music
apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control.
Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in
progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming
music will resume.
Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected
with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD has the
ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone.
Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE/TEL" button to engage Siri
and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will
heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free
calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation,
and more can be done through the DNX890HD and its microphone. The head unit's
LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio
information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood
DNX890HD; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The
head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The DNX890HD offers the
following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit
- Speaker Output: You can select whether the call
beep/caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all
- Mic Level: Adjusts the volume of the external
- NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the
surrounding environment without changing the mic volume.
- EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation.
Disc & USB Playback
Compatible Discs: The touchscreen monitor electronically
slides down for loading and ejecting discs.
The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW,
CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, and VCD discs. The unit supports
MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW
discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files loaded
onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.
Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD features two rear-panel
Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A ports (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 38"
cable) for connection and control of portable USB
mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread
OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports enable playback of MP3,
WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on compatible USB memory devices.
The DNX890HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from
connected portable USB MSC devices. USB portable audio devices that can be
charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port
(5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD supports the following types of
audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass
storage class device.
|Media Type ||
Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) ||USB |
|File System ||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet,
Romeo, Long File Name ||FAT 16/32 |
|Playable File Types ||Audio ||MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/
sampling rates of 8-48kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
|Video ||MPEG-1: 352x240
to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps) |
MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
|Photo ||JPEG: 32x32 to
8192x7680 pixels |
|Maximum # of
Folders/Files ||250 folders/5,000
files (999 files per folder) |
|Tags ||MP3 ID3-tags (ver.
1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags |
Dolby Digital/DTS: The DNX890HD supports playback of Dolby Digital
and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to
Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and
audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device.
Highlight Control (DVD Playback):
During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an
area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the
left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen
to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the
DVD disc menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center activates the
source control screen.
Search Functions (USB only): The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD offers unique search
functions for USB playback.
- Category Search: You can navigate music stored on your USB memory
device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you
can search the contents alphabetically.
- Link Search: Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song.
The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a
song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently
playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.
- Picture Search: The unit will display up to eight thumbnails of
still-images to choose from. The selected thumbnail will become a full
Zoom: The DNX890HD features a 3 level zoom when playing back
video and still images.
Parental Control (DVD only): Parental Control allows you to restrict
DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental
control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is
updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware
downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices
and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a
USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB
port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version 30100663 (V1.0.0).
Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the
latest firmware/software updates.
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and
- Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD's
rear-panel USB port (labeled iPod/iPhone) and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input
(AV-IN 2) allow you to connect
iPod/iPhones using the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (113IP202,
sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and
charging of your iPod/iPhone. You can navigate through your music and video files
using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its
display, while your iPod/iPhone charges. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and
video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD. By using the
Auxiliary input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you
can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your
iPod/iPhone. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in
order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
- Audio Only Playback: If you only want to playback audio
from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to either of the DNX890HD's USB ports
using the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone or Kenwood's
iPod Direct Connect Cable (113KCIP102,
sold separately). This 1-wire USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC
and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter,
allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 100dB. The unit's rear-panel AV
input must be set to "AV-IN2" in order to use the 1-wire USB connection. You
will not be able to play Digital-Rights-Protected files.
Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or
iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to
connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback
(no video output).
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
Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head
unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Kenwood
navigation receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as
Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS
4.0+), via the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (sold separately).The App
Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and
the hand-brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible with App
Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over
the app. Available controls may include - Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next.
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
iPod/iPhone Display: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD 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 DNX890HD will not display your
iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App/iPod Control Mode + Parking Off').
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge
the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD is "Made
for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Specific Apps || Bluetooth || Display Type || iTunes Tagging || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/App || Pandora || Aha Radio || Phone || Audio || Siri || Song/Artist Text || Track Info || Album Art |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 6.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 6.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5* || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5C* || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5S* || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th* || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th* || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 7.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 7.0 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4* || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini* || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
- *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone
5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to
connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio
playback (no video output).
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results.
If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head
unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work,
you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
HD Radio+Pandora/Aha+SiriusXM Ready
Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can
receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio
significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound.
AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM
digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and
clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning
- Tuning: The DNX890HD navigation receiver offers a
variety of tuning options; including Seek, Tuner, and Direct Access.
- Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes:
Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected
band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can
also setup the DNX890HD to search only HD Radio stations.
- Tuner Presets: The DNX890HD's tuner features 3 FM
banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6
presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM
presets (total of 24). Not only does the DVD receiver's tuner allow you
manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit
automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks
automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
- Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an
AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD
- Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts,
with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast
programs (HD1 to HD8).
- Station Text + Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can
offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The DNX890HD also
supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations.
- iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's
information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct
connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged"
in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you
can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your
iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer
songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet
Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime,
anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD navigation receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service
that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry
device. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data
Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition,
you will need an active Pandora
music service account.
- Connection Type: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD provides
Pandora App access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled
- Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD
provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via
the head unit's rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an
Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the
App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
- Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The Kenwood
DNX890HD lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed
from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired
connection required). To access Pandora from the Kenwood head unit, your
Bluetooth-enabled Android or Blackberry smartphone must have the latest
version of the Pandora App from the
Google Play App Store or
BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must
support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
- Station Control: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD will provide
control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone
or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
Information Display: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD will
display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on
your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone.
- Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations
from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also
select from Pandora's Genre Stations.
- Create New Station: New stations can be created
based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
- Shuffle: Randomly selects artists/songs from your Pandora
Station List for playback.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a
station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the
number of skips allowed.
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being
played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora 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 Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora
is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
Aha Radio App: The Kenwood navigation receiver offers
compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for iPhone and Android smartphone. Aha
Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the
convenience of Kenwood's touchscreen interface. Listen to the latest Facebook
updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that
include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information,
restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and
- Aha Radio for iPhone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD provides
complete access to your Aha Radio account using your iPhone, via the head
unit's USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 4.3 or
later) with the latest version of the free
Aha Radio app from Apple's iTunes App Store.
- Aha Radio for Android: The DNX890HD also lets you
playback and control Aha Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via
Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Aha Radio from the
Kenwood head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the
latest version of the free
Aha Radio App from the Google Play store. Your Android smartphone (2.2+) must
support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
Note: Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an
active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or
WiFi. You will also need an
Aha Radio account. Access to the Aha Radio will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone to connect to the Internet.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD comes ready for SiriusXM
programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its
proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). Visit
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features
of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
Channel list displays a list of all available channels
Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo,
Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can
pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content
GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite
teams' games are being broadcast
Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or
artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station
iTunes Tagging lets you 'tag' songs you hear on SiriusXM and
stores the info on your USB-connected iPod/iPhone, so the next time you
connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes you will be able to preview your
selections, purchase songs, and download them directly from iTunes
Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is
required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood Excelon DNX890HD navigation
receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a rear-panel
3.5mm audio/video input (AV-IN 2)for connecting an external game console or
portable MP3 player. This input also serves as the A/V input for your
USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable). The head unit also
features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input (AV-IN 1) on the rear-panel
for connecting an external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC
A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite
video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and
headphone system. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, Video, iPod, or Off.
You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35. You can
select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video
output to match your connected monitor.
Note: You cannot select iPod as the A/V Output source
when you select Pandora as a main source in dual zone function.
Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for
connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-210 (113CMOS210,
sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when
switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when
the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (attached to the
rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for
automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2
seconds. Audio from your music source will continue
playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Optional Multi-View Camera: By connecting the Kenwood
CMOS-310 Universal Multi-View Camera (
113CMOS310, sold separately) to the DNX890HD, you gain the capability of
turning parking guidelines on/off, as well as cycle through five different
multi-views right from the touchscreen. You can also toggle between front & rear
cameras when using two CMOS-310 simultaneously (second camera must be connected
to the head unit's rear-panel AV1 input.
Remote Control: The included IR remote control (KNA-RCDV331)
is designed for wireless operation of this Kenwood navigation receiver. The
wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The
remote operates off of IR transmission, so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at
the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight. The remote
operates Audio, Video, Navigation, and Bluetooth functions.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the
included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering
wheel remote controls when used with an optional
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
OEM Integration: This Kenwood multimedia head unit is
compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR,
sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket
Kenwood head unit to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that
feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory
OnStar. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford or GM owners swap out their factory
radio for this aftermarket Kenwood multimedia head unit; while retaining the
Ford Sync system, GM OnStar, steering wheel controls, hands-free Bluetooth, USB
interface (Ford only), Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the
hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that
particular vehicle). In addition, the Kenwood multimedia head unit can be
configured to operate interior climate controls, distance and proximity sensors,
tire pressure sensors, and vehicle gauges such as engine temperature, RPM, and
other performance indicators (if factory equipped).
- Ford Installation: The iDatalink Maestro RR module must
first be connected to your Windows PC via USB and "flashed" with the
SR-FOR01-DS2 firmware from iDatalink's
Weblink site, prior to installation. The iDatalink Maestro RR (MRR)
requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01 installation
sold separately) when installed in your compatible Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
- GM Installation: The iDatalink Maestro RR module
requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05 installation
sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and
flashed with the SR-GMS05-DS firmware update.
Note: The Kenwood head unit features an OEM Setup menu that
must be configured with your Ford SYNC or GM OnStar factory system before