Touchscreen & Remote Control
iPhone & Android Integration
Audio & DSP Section
AV + OEM Connectivity
Touchscreen & Remote Control
6.95" Motorized Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling):
The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 features a motorized 6.95" widescreen (16:9) touchscreen
LCD with LED backlighting. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480
(V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with
easy-to-identify icons, 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 bottom of the touchscreen monitor can be tilted upward at
six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle (you can
save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).
- Aspect Ratio & Picture Adjustment: 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). You can also adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast,
color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during
- Custom Top Menu & Background Images: The Top Menu
screen (main menu) features 3 pages of source & settings icons. The first
page consists of 3 large icons and 4 smaller icons which can be accessed
directly, while the second page consists of 10 small icons, and the third
page consists of two
small icons. You can customize the Top
Menu by rearranging the icons and moving the icons you use most to the front
page. You can even download a still
image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB
- Clock Display: The navigation receiver offers a 12-hour
clock which is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key
in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the
LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "Standby" mode.
Pressing and holding the Power/Menu button turns the unit off completely.
- Split Screen AV Control: The Split Screen AV Control mode
divides the head unit's touchscreen monitor 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
Note: 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.
Start-Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 will turn on to the last
source selected or the navigation screen. The unit has start-up time of
approximately 23.7 seconds from OFF to the last Source selected, or a start-up
of approximately 31.3 seconds from OFF to the Navigation screen.
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, as well as display background color 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 Kenwood logo remains red, regardless
of variable color illumination setting.
Remote Control: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 offers
compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and
is compatible with Kenwood's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for
- 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.
- Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR
wireless remote control (113RCDV331,
sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood navigation head unit.
The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The
remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the
front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to
protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 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 DNX892 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known
as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The
unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the
supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Garmin Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation
software and map data, the Kenwood Excelon DNX892
features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The
built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels,
restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The
built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and
audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While
this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are
considered out of date, the DNX892 will provide periodic notification at
startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via
a USB mass storage device. To find a software or map update, please go to
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 employs a
high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna
placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna
features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable which plugs into 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" square.
- Acquisition Time: 26 seconds (cold)
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Accuracy: <2.5 meters continuous (Position), 0.1
Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 27.1 seconds to
calculate directions from Virginia to California. It only took 10.1 seconds to
calculate directions from Virginia to Maryland. These tests were done inside the
Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Head Quarters. Results will vary
based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.
INRIX Traffic: You can receive INRIX traffic
information and weather forecast through the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 by connecting
your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) or Android (OS 4.0.3+) smartphone with "Kenwood's Traffic
Powered By INRIX" application (from the
Apple App Store or
Store) installed. While the DNX892 is in navigation mode, it pulls
real-time data from the INRIX Traffic app on your smartphone which provides
you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, traffic cameras, and
travel advisory information on-screen. You get 2 years free access to INRIX
traffic information (fees will apply after 2nd year). Your iPhone must be
connected via USB, while your Android smartphone must be connected via
Bluetooth to the Kenwood navigation receiver.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 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 DNX892 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.
- 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 offers English, French, and Spanish voice prompts.
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while
navigating. The DNX892 will mute the music source, when there is a
text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music
volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Lane Assist w/ Junction View: Lane assist with junction view
guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making
unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays
road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the
proper lane for navigation. As you navigate your route, the unit will provide
detailed diagrams of the proper lane to travel when maneuvering a complex
interchange. The Junction View page will display what the actual approaching
junction looks like, and arrows indicating the lane in which you should be
Exit Services + Speed Limit Icon: The Exit Services function
lets you search roadway exits for food, lodging, and rest areas so you are never
left guessing what is around the bend. You must be on a major highway or road to
use this feature. 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.
Destination & Location Screens: The DNX892 offers a
variety of destination/location screens & functions to help you along your
- 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 ways to enter your destination. The navigation system
automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also
choose to have the DNX892 search for places in a different city, a recent
destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your
- 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/Cities/Intersections: Input your
destination address by house number, street, city, and zip-code. You can
for a city by name or search two intersecting streets.
- POI Category: The detailed maps loaded in this
navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels,
parking, auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use
these categories to browse for nearby businesses and attractions.
- Favorites & Recents: You can save all of your
favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to
them later. You can also choose from one of your most recent destinations
(up to 50)
- Coordinates Allows you to search your destination
by longitude and latitude values.
- Search Bar + Shortcuts: You can use the Search Bar
to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or
city name. In addition, 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.
- 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.
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 DNX892 might not calculate a
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.
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 DNX892 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 DNX892 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.
Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system
functions that require significant operator attention and could become a
distraction while driving when the vehicle's parking brake is disengaged. You will need to engage the vehicle's parking brake to enter addresses or other
advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.
Travel Tools: The DNX892 offers tools you can use as you
travel. The World Clock allows you to display the current time for four
locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing
which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness. The Unit Converter
helps you convert distance, speed, area, currency, temperature, volume, and
weight. A Calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (3.0+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 1.6 (Hands Free Profile),
OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (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 DNX892. Visit
Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone):
With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone
to the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 without having to enter pin codes or go through
complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting
it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head
unit's display. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the
receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You
can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a
maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one
time (but only one can be used at a time).
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit
supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile
phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech
capability, the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 provides more natural sound quality and details
during wireless calls. The The touchscreen controls of the DNX892 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 (0-99 seconds).
- Dialing a Number: Using the DNX892, 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 30 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 3 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
DNX892. 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 alphabetically (A-Z).
- 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
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into
the included microphone.
Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out
using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ aptX): The Kenwood DNX892
supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information
display and support for AAC or aptX lossless music streaming.
- Stored Music & Music Apps: You are able to stream your
stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music
apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood DNX892 for playback.
- AAC & aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DNX892 offers support for AAC and
aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android
devices. By supporting AAC, the DNX892 offers better audio performance of
the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. aptX audio coding
technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality
streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android
smartphones with OS 4.0+.
- Basic Playback Control: You can use the front-panel
controls of the DNX892 to operate basic playback functions of your Bluetooth
device's stored music & music apps; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous,
Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat (not compatible with all apps).
Advanced music control of your stored music and music apps will still need
be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
- Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also
display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
Note: 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
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected
to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 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 DNX892 and its microphone. You can
even 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 with Siri.
The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
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 Excelon DNX892; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone
iPhone & Android Integration
iPod Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 supports
direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its
rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input or HDMI input. The DNX892 offers
audio/video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models (video can only be
displayed while the vehicle is in park).
- 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone
with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your
Apple device through the Kenwood Excelon DNX892. Using Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod
video cable (113KCIP202,
sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and
music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies
and video apps (like Netflix) on your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood
DNX892. If you only desire audio playback, you can use Kenwood's KCA-IP102
iPod cable (113KCIP102,
sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your
Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DNX892.
- Lightning Connector: IIf you have a newer iPod/iPhone
with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning
connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103
sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple
device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood
DNX892 for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music
and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Kenwood
DVD receiver. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in
addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the Kenwood
DNX892, you'll need Apple's
Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a
Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the
Kenwood KCA-HD100 (all sold separately) - this type of connection also
requires Bluetooth pairing.
Note: You will need to
select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's
iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback,
the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 supports control, song/artist information display, and
battery charging of your compatible Apple device.
- Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to
navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre,
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 using the head unit's
touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical
order). 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. The head unit also
supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind,
Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer
iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and
movies from the Apple device's touchscreen, as well access music and video
apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
- Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DNX892 will display
your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. Pandora and
iHeart Radio will also display metadata information. Other music apps will
only display song/artist information in Apps mode.
- Battery 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.
Apps Mode for iPhone & Android (via HDMI):
Apps mode allows the Kenwood head unit to mirror the display of your
HDMI-connected & Bluetooth-paired iPhone (iOS 7+) or MHL-enabled Android (OS 4.1+) device.
You'll be able to listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video
from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your iPhone or
Android smartphone through the Kenwood receiver. Mirroring of your mobile device
does not require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged, but control over
your device may require that the parking brake is set (this will depend on your
type of device and selected app). Mirroring of your device will not always
appear in full-screen on the Kenwood unit's touchscreen display.
- Smartphone Connectivity: Connection method is based on
your type of smartphone (iPhone or Android).
- iPhone: If you have a newer iPhone with the
Lightning connector, you will need Apple's
Lightning Digital AV adapter and
Lightning-to-USB cable; if you have an older 30-pin iPhone 4/4S,
you'll need a
30-pin digital AV adapter and Kenwood's
KCA-IP102 iPod cable (all sold separately). In addition, for both
types of iPhones, you will need a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the
Kenwood KCA-HD100 (sold separately). This type of connection also
requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video
playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The
Bluetooth connection allows you to control basic playback functions from
the head unit.
- Android Smartphone: The head unit's HDMI port is
MHL compatible; this means you can simply connect select MHL-compatible
Android smartphones to the receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as
Kenwood's KCA-MH100 cable (sold separately). This type of connection
also requires Bluetooth pairing and installation of the
Kenwood Smartphone Control App from Google Play onto your
smartphone. The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and
charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth
connection is also needed for touchscreen control. Compatible Android
smartphones include Samsung Galaxy *S3/S4/S5, *Samsung Galaxy Note II/III/IV, Sony Xperia
Z/Z1/ZR/ZL, LG Optimusand HTC One Max (all with OS 4.1+). *The listed
Samsung phones require an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). Check
here for a list of all compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
- Operation & Controls: The extent of operation and control will
depend on what type of smartphone you are using and if you have your
vehicle's parking brake on or off.
- iPhone Control: Your iPhone
lets you access its stored music and video library from the head unit's
touchscreen with advance search and playback control when connected via
HDMI. Apps Mode also provides basic playback control (Pay/Pause, Fast
Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track) of select music and video apps
from the head unit's touchscreen.
These operations can all be done with or without your vehicle's parking
- Android Control: You can
control your Android device from the head unit's touchscreen similar to
how you would from the smartphone, as long as your vehicle's parking
brake is engaged. Specific apps on your
Android phone like
TuneIn Radio, &
Kenwood Music Control can be controlled from the Kenwood receiver
without the parking brake engaged. These specific apps will show up on
the head unit's touchscreen as large icons for easy selection.
Note: Access to your iPhone and Android smartphone 's
downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or
WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to
connect to the Internet. Not all Android and Apple iOS apps are guaranteed
to be compatible.
Optional Miracast Dongle (for Android): Miracast is a
"screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the display from your
compatible Android 4.2+ device (with support for Miracast) to the Kenwood
DNX892's touchscreen LCD (requires Kenwood's KCA-WL100 Miracast dongle; sold
separately). This allows the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 to wirelessly mirror your
compatible Android smartphone just like the HDMI hardwire connection. The
KCA-WL100 Mircast module plugs directly into the head unit's HDMI input.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 11/5/2015):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Specific Apps || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Apps Mode || Pandora || iHeart || Aupeo || Album Art || Song/Artist || Track Info || Phone || Audio || Siri |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4S || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+/6S/6S+ || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 5th/6th || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 2 || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 3 || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| 4 || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| Air 1/2 || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| mini 1/2/3/4 || 9.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
Note: 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
HD Radio: 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
- Seek Modes + Direct Access Tuning: 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 DNX892 to search only HD Radio stations. In
addition, you can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the
frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
- Tuner Presets: The DNX892'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.
- Station Info, Album Art, & Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can
offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album
Art. In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it
is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
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.
Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 allows you to
Aupeo! online music
services through your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected
iPhone (5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Blueooth-connected
Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone can be connected to the
DNX892 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102/103 cable (sold separately), the cable supplied
with your iPhone, Bluetooth, or HDMI+Bluetooth. Your Android
smartphone must support be paired via Bluetooth or connected via HDMI+Bluetooth
to the Kenwood Excelon DNX892. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G,
EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora App: The free
Pandora App (from
Apple's App Store or
Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service
through the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS
5.0+); as well as your
Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone.
The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 provides control over the Pandora music service and
displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora
stations from your station or genre list and sort them by date or
alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs
or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can
even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is
- iHeartRadio Auto: The free
iHeartRadio Auto app for Kenwood (from
Apple's App Store or
Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service
through the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or
HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your
Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (2.2+). The
iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio
stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and
sports). The DNX892 will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto app, as
well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the
head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by
the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations).
The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local
listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from
(including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right
radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by
City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store
your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An
active iHeartRadio account is required.
- Aupeo! Internet Radio: You can listen to music from the
Aupeo! online radio service through the Kenwood Excelon DNX892 by downloading the
Aupeo! app (form
Apple's App Store or
Google Play) onto your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS
7.0+) or your
Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (4.0+). From
the Kenwood receiver, you can search for stations by Category, "Love" or
"Ban" songs, Play/Pause music, or Skip to the next song. Song/artist
information and Album Art will be displayed on the head unit's touchscreen
Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend
on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of
allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the
Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 is SiriusXM-Ready and
compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner
sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM
programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out
the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages
Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel List w/ Category Search + Direct Search: A
channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search
function searches for channels in a certain category. You can also tune
directly to a station or channel by entering the desired frequency or
- Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information
such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, & Album Art can
be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Presets + Smart Favorites: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite
Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets can be
identified as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart &
- Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay up to
60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the
last 30 minutes of content from your six Smart Favorite channels.
- TuneStart, TuneScan, & TuneMix: TuneStart allows you to
choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point
when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. TuneScan plays the first 10 seconds
of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which
you have saved as Smart Favorites. TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs
from your preset stations from your current preset band, allowing you to
build a custom channel from a few as two to as many a 6 music channels.
- Content, Traffic, Weather, & Sports: When a broadcast
program related to the registered artist, song, team, or city starts, a
message appears to allow you to switch the current channel to the relevant
channels. You can also tune in and listen quickly to information pertaining
to weather and traffic from a particular city you have specified. In
addition, you can be alerted when your
- Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable
content for children can be blocked.
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is
required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
Compatible Discs: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892's touchscreen monitor
electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The DNX892 supports playback
of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW,
CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, 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, and AAC music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or
- Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert a
disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
- 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.
SD Card Slot: The navigation head unit is fitted with a SD
card slot hidden behind the unit's motorized touchscreen monitor. The SD
card slot supports both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The
unit supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Flac audio files; as well as JPEG
still-picture files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card. The DNX892 also
supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, MKV, and WMV video files from an
inserted SD/SDHC memory card.
Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood DNX892 features two rear-panel
Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A ports; each USB port is attached to the unit's
rear-chassis by a 39" cable. Both USB ports can be used for connection and
control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select
Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or USB thumbdrives. The USB
ports enable playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC audio files; as well as
JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DNX892
also supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, MKV, and WMV video files from
a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be
charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB
port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: This head unit's USB port does not support newer MTP and
AOA enabled Android smartphones including HoneyComb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly
Bean, Kit Kat, and newer.
File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 supports the
following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc, saved on
a SD card, or loaded
onto a USB mass storage class device.
| Media Type || Disc (CD-R/RW or
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) || Flash (USB MSC or SD/SDHC) |
| 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 frequencies of 8-48kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
|MP3: bit rate of
8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz
FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48 kHz
| Video ||MPEG-1: 352x240
to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps) |
MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576
352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps) |
H.264: 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (8.0Mbps)
WMV/MKV: 640 x 480 (2. Mbps)
| Photo ||N/A ||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 |
Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to
search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc, microSD/SDHC, 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 (for USB & SD/SDHC): The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 offers
unique search functions for USB & SD/SDHC playback.
- Category Search: You can navigate music stored on your
USB memory device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is
selected, you can search the contents alphabetically.
- Link Search: Link Search allows you to play songs
related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album
list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing
album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of
currently playing composer.
- Picture Search: The unit will display up to eight
thumbnails of still-images to choose from. The selected thumbnail will
become a full screen image.
- Album Artwork: You can search music files by selecting the Album
Artwork. You can even create an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums
by selecting album artwork.
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. Go to
Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.
Audio &DSP Section
Excelon Series: The DNX892 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 5V preouts, plus a two-year
warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 utilizes a
24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a
Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 100dB.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 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
DNX892 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 DNX892 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.
Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound
quality, you can use the unit's DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes &
locations, listening distances, and x-over points.
- 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, SUV, or Off
- Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: 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, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by
selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle
compared to your listening position.
- Speaker Location: You can set the location of your
vehicle's Front and Rear speakers. The Front speakers can be set to Door, On
Dash, or Under Dash. The Rear speakers can be set to 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. The Front and Rear
speakers can be set to OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6",
5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10". The Subwoofer can be set to 6.5", 8", 10", 12",
or 15"+. Select None if you have no Rear speaker or sub.
- X'Over: The head unit features independent Front & Rear
high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover. The Front &
Rear high-pass crossovers and Subwoofer low-pass crossover can be set to 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).
- Tweeter Gain: Adjusts the tweeter level.
- Sub Control: You can adjust the subwoofer output's
Phase (0° or 180°) and Level (-50to +10dB).
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP
Equalizer: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 offers 10 preset EQ
for easy adjustment, a 13-band EQ for greater customization, and a Drive EQ to
overcome road noise.
- Preset EQ: The DNX892 offers 10 preset EQs for easy
adjustment. 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: The User mode's 13-band graphic
equalizer provides fine-tuning. It consists of 62.5Hz, 160Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz,
2.5kHz, 6.3kHz, & 16kHz frequencies which can be adjusted from -9 to +9dB.
- Drive EQ: Drive EQ+ boosts specific frequencies in the
audio signal to compensate the negative impact of road noise. The bass is
enhanced according to the vehicle speed to compensate for the loss due to
noise from the road.
Note: Separate EQ settings and EQ presets are stored for
each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).
Music Enhancement: You can restore the sound lost due to
audio compression, as well as enhance the sound by virtually manipulating the
- 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.
- Space Enhancer & Elevation: You can set the Space
Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the
soundscape level. You can also virtually raise the sound position heard from
your speakers; the Elevation Level can be set to High, Low, or Off.
Volume Level & Bass Management: The navigation receiver
offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your
sources. The DNX892 also provides bass management to get the most impact out of
- Volume Offset: The level of each source may be
independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when
switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8
- 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
- Bass Boost & DC Extension: The DNX892 features a
four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
When "Bass DC Extension is turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set
the same gain level as the unit's 13-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Key Beep: The in-dash navigation head unit provides an
audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AV + OEM Connectivity
A/V Input: The Kenwood Excelon DNX892 navigation receiver is
fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. The AV input also serves
as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable).
The optional Kenwood AV cable (113CAC3AV,
sold separately) provides composite video/stereo RCA audio inputs.
HDMI/MHL Input: The In addition to Apps mode for
iPhone and Android, the head unit's HDMI/MHL input can be used to connect almost
any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray
player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback.
Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the
receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your
Note: You will need to unscrew the HDMI bracket on the back of
receiver before plugging in your HDMI cable; the bracket needs to be re-attached
once your HDMI cable is connected.
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; you can also route the audio of the the dual zone source to
the head unit's rear speakers. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, AV-1, USB, 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: Different sources from iPod/iPhone cannot be set as
front and rear sources independently. Only one iPod/iPhone source can be set
as front and rear sources. Apps mode and the HDMI/MHL input are not available
to the second zone.
Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for
connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood
(113CMOS230, sold separately). By connecting a rear view camera, you can use the in-dash
receiver's touchscreen LCD to see what's behind you when backing up.
- Auto Switching: 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 (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse
lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes
approximately 1.0 seconds.
- Parking Guide Lines: When a rear-view camera is connected and you
are viewing a rear view image, parking guide lines appear on-screen making
parking easy and safer.
- Multi-View Camera (optional): By connecting the Kenwood CMOS-320
Universal Multi-View Camera (113CMOS320,
sold separately) to the DNX892, you gain the capability of cycling through
five different multi-views right from the touchscreen. You can also toggle
between front & rear cameras when using two CMOS-320 simultaneously (second
camera must be connected to the head unit's rear-panel AV-1 input.
Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a
back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In
addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure
everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.
OEM Integration: This Kenwood navigation receiver is
compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR,
sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket
Kenwood receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that
feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory
OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, and select
Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory
radio for this aftermarket Kenwood head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync
system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel
controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, 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 some installations, the iDatalink Maestero RR
lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and
provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire
Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park
Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable,
which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestor RR interface module
with the correct firmware from
website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll
also need a
vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Kenwood receiver's OEM
Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory
system before initial operation.