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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver doesn't just boast Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology, it has built-in GPS guidance from Garmin, a gorgeous 6.95" capacitive glass touchscreen, a wealth of connections, top-notch Bluetooth®  connectivity, sound-shaping tools galore, and the Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty going for it.

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A huge list of features

The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver doesn't just boast Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology, it has built-in GPS guidance from Garmin, a gorgeous 6.95" capacitive glass touchscreen, a wealth of connections, top-notch Bluetooth®  connectivity, sound-shaping tools galore, and the Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty going for it.

Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver

Android Auto™

Android Auto works with a simple one-cable connection between your Android phone and the DNX893S. You'll see large icons for many common Android functions and apps on the receiver's screen, accessible via fingertip or voice control. You can pull up Google Maps, your phone's music library, messages, and apps for streaming songs (including Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio) and podcasts without looking at or touching your phone. Android Auto can access your phone's contact info, allowing you to get in touch via hands-free calling or text mesaging. Get more info at

Your Android smartphone will need OS 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer to take advantage of Android Auto, and you'll also need a compatible high-speed microUSB-to-USB cable (such as the Monster Cable Mobile Connect 2 USB)  to connect the phone to the receiver.  

Apple CarPlay™ for convenient access

Apple CarPlay compatibility allows a Lightning™-to-USB connection to provide access to select apps on newer iPhones. Once connected, the receiver shows large icons for functions such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Now Playing, and Podcasts. Several streaming apps — including Pandora® — work within the Apple CarPlay interface as well. Drivers can access these functions by touch or through Siri® voice control. Learn more at

The Kenwood KCA-IP103 cable offers a durable and car-ready Lightning-to-USB connection for your iPhone.

Great guidance and smartphone integration

I spoke with our reps from Kenwood about their 2016 receiver lineup, and asked them why people would buy an in-dash GPS receiver if they could get a DVD receiver with Apple CarPlay and/or Android Auto compatibiilty. They reiterated that while those phone-dependent technologies are great for certain circumstances, dedicated navigation software will almost always trump whatever one's phone can provide, especially in areas with poor cell reception. And it's often the small things — like how most nav receivers can help avoid toll roads — which help set receivers like this one apart.

Beautiful and large glass display

Kenwood outfitted the DNX893S with their best display, a smooth-glass capacitive screen which offers plenty of dynamic contrast and stunning color. You can use pinch-to-zoom on the map display, and swipe through menu screens with ease. The larger graphics — including the clock — let you see info with a quick glance. The motorized screen offers plenty of tilting options (including downward) to give you the best possible view.

Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver

Get where you need to go with Garmin

Garmin stands atop the GPS navigation field, and the DNX893's maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands are sure to lead you to your destination accurately. You'll also get reliable routing with spoken street names at turns, lane assistance, and realistic views of complicated instersections.

Get your smartphone involved

Kenwood lets you incorporate your favorite smartphone music apps into your drive. Here are some highlights for the DNX893S:

  • iPhone: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio and Spotify apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. Limited control over your music apps is also available via wireless Bluetooth connection. The DNX893S also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri® feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands. The receiver's iPhone App Mode offers some basic interaction with select apps through its touchscreen using a wired connection; some apps such as streaming video may require the parking brake to be engaged.

  • Android: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora app through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. If you want to go wireless to hear your music from your Android phone, you get basic control of your phone's music via Bluetooth.

HDMI input

The DNX893S also features an HDMI input, allowing you to connect most compatible Android smartphones and devices. WIth the correct HDMI or MHL cable connected, you'll be able to view video content from your phone on the Kenwood's screen while parked. The same goes for your iPhone 5 or newer, but you'll need to make sure you have the right combination of cables and adapters from Apple to view videos on the receiver's display.


You'll also get voice dialing support through most phones, and safe Siri Eyes Free dialing with compatible iPhones. A wired connection will also get you automatic pairing with any iPhone. If you're driving with a passenger, the DNX893S can pair with up to two phones at once. You'll be able to designate one phone as the priority but be able to switch between the two with ease, as well as have access to both phonebooks.

Traffic reports from INRIX

With your DNX893S purchase, you'll get a free 2-year subscription to INRIX traffic service, which provides quick updates on congestion along your route. INRIX is only available through a free app, so you'll need to have your smartphone with the app on it connected to the receiver to take advantage of these traffic updates. INRIX updates require an in-app purchase after the 2-year subscription ends.

HD Radio

Built-in HD Radio™ tuner

The DNX893S also features an HD Radio tuner. You'll enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into a local participating station, and there's no subscription required — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

Your media, your way

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including high-resolution lossless FLAC and WAV files — while two A/V inputs offer connections for more audio/video sources. Dual rear USB ports let you source tunes from both your iPod and thumb drive without the hassle of switching them out. And now you can even access your music files without a limit of 255 folders or 255 songs per folder. You also get an SD card slot for playing digital music files.

Ready for satellite radio

Why struggle with stations fading away as you travel? You can hook up a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included) to this receiver and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides — and your favorite stations are always there. The DNX893S works with newer SiriusXM features like TuneMix and SportsFlash, which give you even more customizable options for listening the way you want.

Improved camera integration

If safety's a top priority, the DNX893S allows you to connect up to two cameras, to give you a better view when maneuvering in tight quarters. If you've got a pair of rear-view cameras, you can reverse the image of the one up front to get a more realistic picture. It also adds adjustable parking guide lines for the rear-camera feed, to make it easier to get in and out of parking spots.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras — and add some upgrades

The DNX893S offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). The module lets you keep factory features in your Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota, or VW vehicle that you'll otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out expanded functionality on the Kenwood's screen, including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure and temperature monitors. It'll even integrate your stealth K40 radar detector into the stereo's display, so you can see and hear about incoming threats (available soon). With select rear-view cameras, you'll even get parking guidelines that curve with the motion of your steering wheel.

Note: This receiver is fully compatible with iDatalink's Maestro Module. If you purchased this receiver prior to October 8, 2016, Kenwood's website now offers a firmware update which will restore full iDatalink compatibility. Apply the firmware to your Kenwood receiver for support of factory extras; reflashing the iDatalink Maestro module is not necessary.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our articles about Bluetooth profiles and streaming music using Bluetooth with aptX.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.95" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from your flash drive or SD card
    Smartphone Features:
    • Android Auto™ compatible
    • Apple CarPlay™ compatible
    • built-in iPod,iPhone, and iPad control (see Details for model compatibility)
    • built-in Android control
      • Pandora app control via Bluetooth connection
      • Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable or KCA-HD100 cable required for viewing video content from compatible Android devices
    Navigation Features:
    • built-in Garmin navigation system
    • maps of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, plus 6 million points of interest
    • optional traffic reports available through INRIX smartphone app — 2-year subscription included with purchase (smartphone required)
    • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
    • lane assistance and junction view
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, USB memory devices, and SD cards (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Drive EQ+ boosts low end and other frequencies to overcome road noise
    • 13-band EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • digital time alignment, space enhancer, sound realizer, sound elevation, bass boost, and loudness
    • dual-zone A/V output
    • supports rear-view camera adjustable parking lines (optional camera required)
    • works with SiriusXM SXV300 tuner — supports new Tune Mix, Traffic & Weather Now, and Sports Flash features
    • inputs: HDMI input, two rear USB inputs, SD card slot, two rear A/V inputs, two camera inputs (front, rear)
    • outputs: rear A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • compatible with iDatalink Maestro
      • retains factory settings for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and VW
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Navigation receiver w/ integrated 6.95" monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Trim-panel
    • Wiring harness
    • 39" Proprietary dual USB cable
    • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty card
    • "Caution for Smartphone Users" note
    • "Correction" sheet
    • "SiriusXM" brochure

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    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S Reviews

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    Ben from Fallbrook, CA on 4/2/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is great. All the features were perfect to update the cab of my truck, my old radio was 15 years old and I was definitely due an update. There are a few things about the design and features I don't like or understand. 1) The HDMI hook up in the back, it is recessed about an inch into the back of the deck, making it difficult to plug in any normal HDMI cord, I had to modify the one I had to make it fit and work. Did all that to figure out that the functionality of hooking that up was pretty close to useless. All it did was show me my phones screen and offered no additional function. I think if you download an application you can use the phone from your radio but again, that may prove to be useless too. 2) Pandora was a pain to link up but after some tinkering with some settings, it finally works and automatically links up most of the time. 3) there are too many, "you have to do this, or download this in order to use this function (Traffic on the nav), that should already be included in the radio, not an additional subscription.

    Pros: Functionality, screen size

    Cons: HDMI connection

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    Anonymous from Madison Heights, VA on 3/26/2018

    2008 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, great price, and great features. Really adds to the appearance of the car. Sounds great and it even worked with my OEM sub woofer.



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    Anonymous from Baldwin City, KS on 3/22/2018

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo. Love the functionality of it.



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    Anonymous from Spring, TX on 3/21/2018

    2017 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just got everything installed and it is working great.


    Cons: Sync on Fords does not work well with this radio.

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    Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on 3/21/2018

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the options this radio gives me. The movie quality is very good, and the EQ sounds that come out of the unit is incredible



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    Anonymous from NC on 3/21/2018

    2011 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Amazing unit

    Nick from Marion, KY on 3/20/2018

    2010 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing unit! Replaced a Rosen OEM-like nav unit. The sound is noticeably better, the display is crisp, intuitive, awesome features. I never expected it to show me more info about my car than I knew my car could even display. My 2010 RAV4 used to tell me that a door was ajar or a tire was low. This tells me which door is open, what each individual tire pressure is and the tire temp! Airplay is awesome. Love this unit.

    Pros: Sound, display, features, everything.

    Cons: Nothing yet.

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    Anonymous from Pleasantville, NJ on 3/20/2018

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good!! Nice unit, Lots of features. Easy install everything included cant complain.



    easy does it....

    Mike from Grand Isle, LA on 3/20/2018

    2010 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very simple process. Select a radio get expert help. Enjoy great sound and a very good GPS. Very simple

    Pros: Exactly what you guys said......easy install, great sound

    Cons: Nothing to complain about

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    Anonymous from Spokane, WA on 3/18/2018

    2010 Honda Element EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is great, install with Caseys help went without a hitch. Still learning the system, but having had TomTom gps before, the Garmin is a bit different, missing a feature or two that I was used to. Overall, a nice upgrade to my 2010 Honda Element.



    Great features

    Kirk from Salisbury, NC on 3/14/2018

    2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my 2002 F250. Audio is a significant improvement over the stock system. I now have the convenience of handsfree phone use, I can stream music. This system is better than the one in my wife's 2015 Nissan Rogue. I paired it with an Alpine back up camera and it gives good detail while backing into tight places. Installation was fairly easy, just required a little dash modifications with a Dremel tool. I had the pre-wire done to make the installation go easier. I am planning to purchase another of these to install in my 2004 Ford Ranger.

    Pros: easy to read screen, hands free phone use, great sound

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Warren, NJ on 3/14/2018

    2007 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Head unit fast navigation great also great sound



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    Anonymous from Port Richey, FL on 3/8/2018

    2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had it for a month and so far I love it!!



    Great sound; Fast processing

    Anonymous from Martin, TN on 3/5/2018

    2008 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound quality is excellent. The only trouble I had was my Bluetooth didn't connect my phone with the receiver on the first try. I repeated the steps and had that resolved. I'm impressed with its speed when multi-tasking. There are so many custom settings to taylor the sound that you desire. I am glad I chose the DNX893!

    Pros: sound quality; ease of operation; GPS; hands free calling; works with my factory subwoofer

    Cons: lots of wires, as with any receiver with these features

    Great, but not perfect...

    Jon from Decatur, GA on 3/5/2018

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

    Great sound and intuitive interface. However, I can't give this head unit five stars because of a couple noteworthy issues: 1) There is no hardware standby button. Despite having unused space on the button bar, you still have to traverse at least two levels of menu to turn off audio. There is a power off button, but that would disable nav and will require a complete boot. 2) Bootup is really slow. I haven't timed it, but the head unit is still booting after I've put on my seatbelt and put the car in reverse. 3) No voice activation for Garmin nav. You have to type in the address by hand. For a high-end head unit, it seems like this should have been implemented.

    Pros: Great Sound. Easy UI. Looks great.

    Cons: No standby button. Slow bootup. Nav not voice activated.

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    Dan from Salinas, CA on 3/3/2018

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A huge improvement over the O.E. head unit it replaced, fairly simple to operate and the Garmin navigation is fantastic (been using Garmin products for ever) My Sony NW ZX100 Walkman paired effortlessly and plays flawlessly through the unit



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    Anonymous from Glendive, MT on 2/27/2018

    2009 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Nice but not perfect

    Rob from Bates City, MO on 2/27/2018

    2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the units overall design and fit, just a little concerned with a few issues I consider to be bugs in the software. Android doesn't always engage when plugging in the phone and end up having to initialize the unit again. This resets everything and then Bluetooth won't connect until I turn Bluetooth off and then back on in the unit. Still struggling to get the right sound out of the device but I am dealing with some factory speakers that probably need to be replaced, however, better tunning instructions would be nice. The unit is very slow to start up. I had to initialize the unit after adding an extended usb cable to the usb ports, I wouldn't think that would be necessary.

    Pros: Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Bluetooth, navigation

    Cons: Need to initialize too often when something doesn't work then go back through all the setup. Slow to start up. Bluetooth seems flaky.

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    Anonymous from Adjuntas, PR on 2/26/2018

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

    Quería actualizar mi Subaru wrx sti 2010 con un sistema de navegación, asi que entre a la pagina de Crutchfield la cual desde hacia mucho tiempo conocia ya que antes recibia los catalogos. Entre a la pagina de Crutchfield y busque mi subaru y que productos tenia para mi subaru, entonces encontre in-dash GPS navigator. Busque los que más le pudiera quedar lo mas bonito posible sin alterar el interior de mi subaru. Asi que busque las caracteristicas de el Kenwood Excelon DNX893S el cual fue el que me gusto ya que pude ver un video en donde demostraban una subaru sti con un Kenwood DNX874S, el cual es casi igual. Asi fue como puede tener mas claro como quedaria en mi subaru. Luego de ver varias veses cual modelo siguiendo lo que habia visto fue que me decidi por el Kendwood Excelon DNX893S. Me hubiese gustado mas si no le tenia que instalar el dash kit para que se viese mas limpio pero aun asi se ve super.

    Pros: Awesome sound, bluetooth is flawless.

    Cons: None found yet.

    All in one unit

    william from Mansfield, OH on 2/26/2018

    2016 Jeep Renegade
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We'll I was in between this and dnx894s I went with the dnx893s because of there not much difference between the two. The install was lil issue between crutchfield Kenwood and idatalink mastero we couldn't figure out why the navigation wasn't speak out the direction finally I got to a tech from.crutchfield name Mike knew what was wrong I just had to swap a harness on idatalink mastero because of the factory amp

    Pros: Everything in one unit blue tooth navigation and XM radio etc and 600 dollars off

    Cons: Screen glare bluetooth was hard to get to connect to iPhone 7

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    adam from Santa Rosa, CA on 2/26/2018

    2007 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo


    Cons: Could use a better wireing diagram

    good stereo

    justin from Richmond, VA on 2/26/2018

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works great, lot more powerful than my last exceleron deck. responsive touchscreen

    Pros: responsive touchscreen many tuning options for sound many features that work well

    Cons: apple play seems spotty. sometimes resets for no apparent reason.

    Great System

    Jeff from Spring, TX on 2/25/2018

    2008 Audi A3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgraded from factory 2008 A3. Huge difference, CarPlay, Sirius, Nav, disk, USB - everything you need. Chad did a great service helping me build all the parts with added back up camera. fits great, works even better so far. Great sounding even with the factory speakers.

    Pros: Many ways to customize the sound, clear screen easy to see

    Cons: only negative (first world issues) you will have to set the equalizer on all inputs individually. Disk, radio, satellite, not one set for the system. Only minor quirk.

    So far so good!

    David from Salt Lake City, UT on 2/22/2018

    2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to upgrade my 2007 Sprinter Cargo Van to make it more like a modern van with things like Bluetooth, gps, etc. In 2007 Bluetooth wasn't really around much like todays modern cars. In 2007 I also installed a small 3.5mm jack to plug my phone in for music thanks to sprinter forums on the interweb walking you through the prosess, that jack connected to the back of the stereo so I knew it wasn't to bad to remove the basic head unit because I've done it years ago, fast forward 11 years and 130000 miles later and stated searching the interweb for modern upgrades for my van, Crutchfield's sight was found and let me type in my Sprinter van to see what was available to fit in it and other items I would need for the install, I narrowed down my search with the things I knew I wanted, Nav, Apple play, capacitive screen etc and now I had about 6 to choose from and originally planned on the pioneer 8200 or 8201 which came with a backup camera, Well before I made my decision the pioneer 8201 was out of stock, And wouldn't be in stock for about 2 to 3 weeks, after calling the helpful folks at Crutchfield, he told me that the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S might work for me and seem to check all my boxes, well I installed it and am very pleased so far With the sound and features that this Head-unit has, Bluetooth connectivity has been awesome, the back up camera I installed works great and when I get back from my Maui trip that I'm on now I will install a front camera.

    Pros: Quality, Bluetooth connectivity, back and front facing camera, and all the adjustability that comes with this unit.

    Cons: None so far.

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    Jack from Picayune, MS on 2/19/2018

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

    Excellent, but I must say I will never use half of the features, but if I ever want to they are there.


    Cons: NONE

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    Philip from Duxbury, MA on 2/8/2018

    2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great fit and finish , works great right out of the box



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    Anonymous from Knoxville, TN on 1/30/2018

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it so far.



    Good, but getting dated

    Lynn from Wentzville, MO on 1/24/2018

    2013 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice head unit with good sound quality., but as others have mentioned, there is a lot of glare on the screen when it's sunny out.

    Pros: Good sound Fairly user friendly

    Cons: Doesn't support some phones. Wouldn't pair with iPhone SE

    It was ok at first, but went downhill

    Thomas from Bixby, OK on 1/24/2018

    2016 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit in June of 2017. At first it was ok, not great, just ok but I was mostly satisfied with it. That began to change later in the year and is now to the point where I despise this unit. Here's why: The first issue I started encountering was random Bluetooth connectivity issues. These issues would occur at startup and randomly while driving. Thinking it could be an issue with my phone, I tried my wife's phone. Same problem. I also tried a couple of other people's phones and the issues continued. Really the only way to consistently make Bluetooth work was to disable it on the unit and then re-enable it. The phone(s) would connect. Of course the issue of random disconnects continued. Very frustrating while on a long trip and you are using your phone for music. The second issue I started experiencing is using the Pandora app on the unit. For whatever reason the app stops playing after every 3rd song. It stays open, it just stops playing and you have to press play on the unit's screen to get the music going again. Using the app on my phone via Bluetooth does not have this issue so it is something with the app on the unit. Also the thumbs up or down feature randomly stops working. Not a huge deal, but still annoying when you try to thumb a song and can't. None of these issues occur with the Spotify app on the unit, just Pandora. Again Pandora works fine when streaming from my phone, just not using the built in app. I have other issues, but am

    Pros: Decent unit when it works. Sound quality is good Unit boots quickly

    Cons: Bluetooth is iffy Pandora app has odd issues Screen is nearly impossible to read in the sun. Wearing non polarized glasses helps, but the screen is way too glossy. FM reception is poor. I don't use it a lot, but compared to my factory unit the reception is worse. SiriusXM display, station selection is a jumbled mess Android Auto has more issues on this unit than on an older Pioneer unit I have in a different vehicle.

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    Anonymous from Goldsboro, NC on 1/11/2018

    2002 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product is working good, was a little more work involved for installation than expected



    Nice technology infusion

    Gary R from Washington, DC on 1/10/2018

    1998 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really nice unit, installed in 1998 Avalon for the technology upgrades. Love the new Nav, Hands-free Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and HD Radio. Only giving 4 stars because it's so dang expensive yet the displays are not customizable. I'd like to choose what, where and how big to display what I want on the display instead of being limited to the single kenwood default option.

    Pros: Works great, as advertised.

    Cons: Expensive & no display customization options.

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    Kevin T from San Francisco, CA on 12/23/2017

    2006 Lexus SC430
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Hi Crutchfield. Nice better quality sounds, Bluetooth speaker/headset, GPS and else. Enjoying items. Merry Xmas and New Year's to you're. Thx . Okays



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    Anonymous from Klamath Falls, OR on 12/3/2017

    2006 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Start up is a bit slow, but the system is great! Works flawless and has so many sound options.

    Pros: Awesome sound, bluetooth is flawless

    Cons: Start up time

    Great Head Unit

    Matthew from Fuquay Varina, NC on 9/8/2017

    2015 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Originally had the DDX9903s. Swapped for this unit due to some missing features, notably the reverse tilt of the screen and the ability to use an SD card. Both units performed perfectly. Pretty easy to navigate and use. Have to say though, for a flagship unit or even a large screen device, the screen has issues when in direct sunlight. It becomes unviewable. Also, the UI is really horrible. I find it hard to believe that they didn't have better, prettier design options for the UI. It is missing a counter during track playback, minor inconvenience, but it would be handy to have a time reference during song playback. I find navigating through tracks on an SD card to be wanting. However, I use Google Play with Android Auto for most of my music so again not something that is a big deal for me. Having the navigation built in is nice when you are on a data limited plan. Android Auto could be a bit cooler but that's Google's problem, not Kenwood's. I really enjoy the high powered pre-outs and the options for hands-free integration with the existing controls in the car. Would be nice to use the iDatalink feature but for some reason, they don't make it for Hyundai. I really like the unit and can only hope that a firmware update one day brings a new interface because the current one looks very poorly designed.

    Pros: Great pre-out 2-year warranty Android Auto, or CarPlay if you drink the Apple flavored Kool-Aid Reverse tilt SD Card access Navigation very easy to use and pretty accurate out of the box

    Cons: UI is terrible, Kenwood needs a new UX developer Hard to see in direct sunlight Needs progress bar during track playback

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    boogie from Minneapolis, MN on 9/7/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect Worked great the 1st time. Sounds really Good And clean No engine wine or noise Perfect Love it..



    Crutchfield and Kenwood Excelon DNX893S: a great combo

    Gordon from Johnson City, TN on 8/30/2017

    2005 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Although the DNX893S is not perfect, it comes close. It is not always intuitive to use, but really like almost all of its features. It has great sound. I've paired mine with an XM receiver and an Android phone, it works great with both of those. The Garmin navigation system works perfectly. I added a backup camera and it works perfectly as well. I would prefer the Excelon DNX893S not be tailored to Apple products to such an extent, but it does a good job with Android, too. Crutchfield is a company with excellent customer service and great people, and I won't buy another audio product without fulling discussing it with the Crutchfield experts.

    Pros: Feature set and great staff at Crutchfield

    Cons: Controls are not always intuitive.

    HDD 4TB Playback

    Errol from Deerfield Beach, FL on 8/29/2017

    NTFS Playback. I love this unit. I connected my 4TB HDD with music and movies and it plays all of them (.mp4, .mkv, .avi). I turned my car into a media center.

    Pros: NTFS Playback!

    Cons: None

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    Randy from Lake Havasu City, AZ on 8/21/2017

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

    Great deck. Works exactly as advertised. Pretty easy to figure out after skimming the manual once or twice. Very easy to navigate the menu system and the Garmin navigation works awesome and is very accurate. Using my Iphone with bluetooth and controlling my iPod touch is effortless. So far, very happy with the purchase.

    Pros: Awesome deck, works great

    Cons: None found yet

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    Anonymous from 28504 on 8/10/2017

    2013 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome head unit. Great controls the audio adjustments are very good



    Not perfect, but very very good!

    Brian from Kansas City on 8/9/2017

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Coming off a few months with an Alpine INE-W960, this HU is WAY better. 4.5 stars, but I can't quite give it a 5. The UI is pretty intuitive (with a few caveats). Very responsive and quick. Customize-able home screen lets you pick and place the sources where you want. Love it. Display is pretty good, but glare is a problem (going to butcher a tablet anti-glare film and add that real soon). Love the built in HD radio. Weird station preset selection is kind of goofy, and you have to tap screen to change how song info is displayed between HD and non-HD stations. But it has good sensitivity and HD sounds great. iPod control works WAY better and is WAY faster than on last unit. Remembers where you are at, even between power cycles. Bluetooth works great with my new Kyocera DuraForce Pro. Can even voice dial via BT. Imported contacts easily. Can even have wife's phone paired at the same time and select between the two (cool!). One of the reasons I stepped up to this unit (over the DNX773S) was because of the dual USB inputs. I thought I was going to be able to have my iPod hooked up all the time in my glove box, and be able to connect my Android phone using Android Auto on occasion at the same time. Can't do that, its one or the other, not both. Ended up not being that big of a deal... My Kyocera wouldn't consistently do AA (my old Sony Xperia did just fine). So I won't be doing AA. Besides, Garmin nav is great, and you can't bro

    Pros: Big display looks nice. Responsive touch screen. UI is better than others I have experienced, and its fast. Crossover and EQ tweaking is very configurable and easy to use. EQ and levels tunable on a per-source basis. Garmin Nav is great, maps and zooming are beautiful and silky smooth. It even calculates alternate routes very well. Overall this is a really good unit, and I'm very happy with it.

    Cons: Stupid legal disclaimer button press on EVERY startup. Glossy screen. Only got Android Auto to work with my Kyocera DuraForce Pro a couple of times. 95% of the time I plugged in I got a USB conn error followed by "unsupported device" (works fine w/old Sony Xperia). Only one USB works with iPod/AA, so can't have iPod and AA plugged in at the same time. Funky radio presets. No mute. Can't press volume up and hold, it stops at 15, after that you have to repeat keypress. Inrix didn't work.

    Wonderful upgrade

    justin from San Clemente, CA on 7/31/2017

    2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, nice look and sound adjustment, easy to install, love the big touch screen.

    Pros: Big touch screen, easy install.


    Garmin Nav is good; so is screen, mostly

    Captain Mike from So. OC, CA on 7/18/2017

    ORIGINAL REVIEW 11/22/16: Prime reasons for my purchase were Gamin Nav and noticeably faster CPU (boot/response time). Now on the third unit, though, due to noise in the preamp section, which was also true in a bench-tested 'lower' series Excelon 93S. The noise, similar to white, but variable, was apparent in quiet passages of radio, SD or optical disk play. Then, I noticed distortion of soft classical music passages. The pro installer bypassed the '99 MB ML's Bose 5-ch. amp, using the HU's internal and a dedicated sub-woofer amp. No change. The sole way to quiet this noise is to set every input setting to maximum negative (-5), but this eliminates any actual balance of sources and the total volume capability. This is unacceptable for such a costly and purportedly high end unit. Kenwood support is better than most, but so far, clueless in understanding the problem, even after two swap-outs. UPDATED 7/18/17: Preamp noise in 4 of 4 units; Self reboots, then black screen of death

    Pros: ORIGINAL REVIEW 11/22/16: Quick boot. Garmin Nav!! Excellent touchscreen. Audible directions good and not overly frequent. UPDATED 7/18/17: Garmin Nav Brigh screen, responsive

    Cons: ORIGINAL REVIEW 11/22/16: Noisy in pre-amp section, even with bench test No mute; Vol buttons too small. Software not entirely intuitive. How to cancel route? Backup lines confusing. Skimpy instructions. UPDATED 7/18/17: Noisy preamp section; rumbly, akin to pink noise distorts quiet passages Repeat returns, 3 so far and a display unit also was noisy unit failed in 10 months Fingerprints quickly make screen unreadable in sunlight

    Screen Glare Fix

    NicePony from Tacoma, WA on 7/8/2017

    Had this unit for a year now and it is working flawlessly after a ruff start with a failed unit that was only 1-1/2 days old. See posts 2 & 4 form 7/12-13 2016. That issue was fixed later on with firmware upgrades that all new units now come with. My only complaint with this unit is the screen glare others have mentioned. If the sun is out and there is anything reflective or light colored material in the cabin, even just a white shirt, the screen is impossible to see or use. My old DNX7100 had a slightly mat screen that did not have this issue at all. I wound up installing a Anti-Glare screen protector from Mr.Shield for a Samsung Galaxy Tab S (B00KATWP04) which I cut down to fit the screen. Looks good and eliminated the glare issue. Other than that I am very pleased with this unit as stated in post 2.

    Pros: Has about every feature you can imagine.

    Cons: Screen glare. Having to pay for over $70 for map updates when they are free for Garmin hand held GPS units.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 7/8/2017

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far we love it.....



    Map updates cost a lot of money.

    Mike from Newnan, GA on 7/1/2017

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

    Garmin wants too much money for a single map update. That is way too much!

    Pros: Great features and NAV.

    Cons: A charge for each map update is crazy. My other garmin units have free lifetime maps. Price gouging at it's finest!

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Daniel from VA on 6/30/2017

    2014 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well but the startrup message is annoying



    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Anonymous from Denver, CO on 6/24/2017

    2015 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice deck with good options and smooth working. Unfortunately, I'm probably going to have to send back as it doesn't seem compatible with Android 7 phones. Crutchfield cs was great and walked through everything to try, but still could only get a Samsung running Android 6 to connect. Tried Sony Z5, Google Pixel, and a couple LG phones with Android 7 without success.

    Pros: Good sound, adjustable screen, nice maestro integration, easy navigation

    Cons: Wish it was brighter during day (+4 isn't bright enough) and darker when in dim (-4 is still bright). Deal breaker is apparent lack of Android 7 support for Bluetooth.

    excellent multifunction tuner

    Rob from Northern, CA on 6/7/2017

    2008 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is performing well so far. It's taken a bit to get used to all the functions and controls. One of the nicest features thus far has been both the back up camera and being able to rearrange all the buttons to create my own user "home page". I think it's important to mention that 1.) not all the functions will be enabled even with the optional datalink Maestro 2.) if you had a factory Sirius radio and use a maestro datalink - you will get a check tuner message if you try to use the "sirius xm" button. You need to use the "satellite radio" button found on a later menu page. You can customize it so the satellite radio button replaces the sirius button on your home page. This took me a little while to figure out.

    Pros: lots of features, nav and car play work great

    Cons: you need to have your phone with the kenwood / infix app installed for the traffic to work, but this is only a minor item

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    John from Makawao, HI on 6/3/2017

    2012 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system, so much better than the factory system.

    Pros: Angles up and down to help with glare.

    Cons: Needs to angle toward the driver like the system in the new C7 Corvette.

    Good nav but needs better sound

    Anonymous from Arlington, TX on 5/28/2017

    2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

    Good NAV unit except at this price point I would expect better sound quality. It needs better d/a dac converters and output stage. I was able to connect my Samsung portable 500gb ssd drive formatted in fat32.

    Pros: Features, speed, Garmin Nav

    Cons: Needs better dacs and line output stage. I expected better sound with this being a flagship product.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Anonymous from Ladera Ranch, CA on 5/17/2017

    2008 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product



    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Anonymous from Vermillion, SD on 5/14/2017

    2009 GMC Envoy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bluetooth, car play, navigation, bass boost, EQ this receiver has everything!

    Pros: Amazing sound and features

    Cons: Price point

    This is a GREAT car stereo!

    Graham from Newnan, GA on 5/12/2017

    1999 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome unit! I had it installed in my 1999 Acura 3.2 TL, which had a decent Bose sound system but of course no connectivity to Bluetooth, etc. I kept the factory Bose speakers. The factory sound system has four one-way speakers in the doors and a powered subwoofer in the back window. Crutchfield says you can't use the factory amp and subwoofer with this unit, but that isn't true - I had the unit installed locally at a big box store and the installer had no problem making it work. The 22-watt amplifier in the Kenwood head powering the door speakers coupled with the factory amp powering the subwoofer provides more power and volume than an average adult will need. This stereo has an impressive array of sound adjustments and effects, but after experimenting with them all, in my particular installation, I found that a slight curve adjustment to the equalizer and setting the subwoofer volume was all I needed. Whatever your installation, you have ample tools to tweak the sound to your liking. You can play your podcasts or Pandora or whatever simply by connecting to the Bluetooth, or you can physically plug in to utilize Android Auto (or the Apple equivalent), which allows you to control most everything your phone can do from the stereo's large, clean glass display without ever having to be distracted by your phone. The Garmin GPS is as good or better than a high-end separate GPS device. This unit is such an improvement over my factory stereo! Sounds great, so many features!

    Pros: Multiple means of connectivity, excellent array of sound adjustments, relatively high power, great sound at all volumes, multiple modes of operation, great GPS, connectivity to forward and rear cameras, connectivity to car computer (for vehicles so equipped)

    Cons: Price. (Worth it, in my opinion.)

    Nice upgrade to top-of-line Excelon

    Robert from Los Altos, CA on 5/12/2017

    2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my third Kenwood Excelon w Garmin nav, I owned the previous two generations too. I have had the 893s for about 4 months now. Pros: Nice-looking interface, with some flexibility (to move common applications eg HD radio or Nav system onto the first screen). Much-improved speakerphone quality when used with your cell phone. Previous versions were of marginal quality, and now it is on par with luxury car built-ins. Excellent sound quality. Good integration with Apple Carplay. Fairly stable with the latest release of iOS, great sound quality, use either built-in Garmin nav or Apple Maps nav. Some weirdness in pausing/resuming, but I believe that is an iOS issue as the behavior changes slightly with each new release of iOS. A zillion features&inputs if you want/need. Cons UI performance is OK, where it was too slow in previous generations. Now you don't have to hit buttons twice to make sure it got them the first time. Kenwood usually updates SW only once a year. Garmin has some hiccups. Nav lady will take you off the freeway, make 5 turns and put you back on 3 blocks later, to save one minute. Garmin now uses a separate traffic service called Inrix. But it sometimes issues multiple updates in a single minute if traffic is heavy. This, unfortunately, mutes your music, rings a bell, and flashes a banner across the top of the nav screen. Overall, the best Excelon to date and I would buy it



    Great Product

    Eric from Leesville, LA on 5/2/2017

    2011 Ford F-250
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits right into my 2011 F250 and works great with the idata link maestro it talks to my sync system and works awesome. Plus the added features of it giving me info on my truck like tire pressure and check engine lights.



    Adds taste to dash decor, sound great

    Martin from Vancouver, WA on 4/23/2017

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far great unit. Still in the learning process on operational controls.


    Cons: Tired of having to acknowledge agreement on startup every time. What a pain! Wiring harness to On-star poor. Should be plug and play for that much money.

    Outstanding sound

    Jim from Hemingway, SC on 4/2/2017

    2009 Nissan 370Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome head unit. I replaced a Clarion CX501 and the sound fidelity of the Kenwood is amazing. The tilt screen really lets you cut down on daylight glare too.

    Pros: Sound fidelity

    Cons: Price

    Great overall

    Fred from Mexico, MO on 3/10/2017

    2007 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like the radio, easy to operate. Was installed in my 2007 corvette fairly easy. installed with backup camera that makes seeing behind a whole lot better. the wiring harness crutchfield made, makes the installation so much faster and easier. Retained steering wheel functions. Like the Garmin GPS.


    Cons: Price

    Solid unit with lots of well integrated features

    Jimi from 92708 on 3/9/2017

    2017 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Solid unit. Love the Garmin navigation. The 5v preout is a nice quality for my system. I also like the response of the unit. Feels snappy and high quality.

    Pros: Works seamlessly and ease of use with the gps is a huge plus.

    Cons: Price. This is probably one of the highest priced units.

    Awesome stereo, great GPS navigation

    Pak F from Spring, TX on 2/26/2017

    2007 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I get this unit to replace the factory radio on my Toyota 4Runner; upgraded to get Apple CarPlay, GPS navigation, HD Radio, and back-up camera. Easy and friendly interface with a great Garmin based navigation options. Installation is a bit challenging, with many cables that comes with the Maestro system; but a call to the tech support solves the issue ... Great help from Tech Support. I also setup the USB for charging and direct connection on my iPhone to the HU. Everything worked fine, including the vehicle information that comes off the OBD connection. Very satisfied with the purchase, and definitely recommend this if you are upgrading to a better system, with HD radio, GPS navigation, backup camera, Apple CarPlay, among the least.

    Pros: - Great sound quality - Cabling color is self explanatory to connect - Great user interface - Quick GPS start

    Cons: - Installation manual could be a little better - Price

    Awesome stereo, if it worked in my vehicle

    Josh from Blairsville, GA on 2/16/2017

    2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    2016 Jeep JKU Stock Alpine speakers Stereo was installed by a professional installer, had several issues with the Kenwood head unit, the display would lock up, drop calls, not connect with apple car play. Crutchfield sent another unit, and it did the exact same thing. I sent that one back as well, and then swapped to a pioneer. No issues. I am no expert, but it seemed like a software compatibility issue between the jeep and the Kenwood. I will say that Crutchfields customer service is top notch, they did everything they could to help make it work, and when they could not, they were happy to swap units. I will always buy from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great interface NAV was easy to use Amplifier had lots of power and customizations

    Cons: Wouldn't work properly in a 2016 Jeep JKU Expensive

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Anonymous from Beaverton, OR on 1/12/2017

    2009 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, no issues. Highly recomend



    Great Performing Unit

    David from Newnan, GA on 1/12/2017

    2008 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit replaced a Kenwood Excelon DNX8920. Upgraded to get Apple CarPlay and HD Radio. This one has a much easier interface and much better navigation options. You just can't beat a Garmin based system. Like my old unit, the manual for the unit is confusing and lacking some information such as to how to adjust the screen for the rear/front camera. I found out how to do this by experimenting. To adjust, first display the rear camera by holding the MENU button. Then select MENU, select SCREEN ADJUSTMENT and adjust as needed. I made a YouTube video on how to do this.

    Pros: Garmin Based Nav Apple CarPlay and Android Auto HD Radio Great Sound

    Cons: Manual Lacks Camera Adjustment Manual is confusing. Should have included a HDMI cable for this price.

    Big Price, Great Quality

    Anonymous from Hertford, NC on 1/11/2017

    2008 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased the DNX893S to replace a cheap nav radio that was in my 2008 F350. The install was quick and easy with directions provided from Crutchfield. I had previously purchased the installation accessories (Maestro, trim plate) when I installed the cheap radio and I would highly recommend these items if doing a new install. I removed the Maestro and did a firmware update (plus it needs to be programed for the head unit you are installing). So onto the head unit...I've never considered a Kenwood before. I was looking at Pioneer but the Kenwood came high recommended from a location car audio shop, so I bought it through Crutchfield. From the time the unit first powered up, I've been nothing but satisfied with it. Navigation was the key feature I was looking for. Kenwood/Garmin match up with Kenwood Traffic is awesome. Maps are spot on. Touch screen is reactive, display is crystal clear. There are features I still haven't used yet nor have I installed a backup camera. Sound quality is what you would expect from a high quality head unit. It is an investment at this price and it took me awhile to make the purchasing decision, but I am not disappointed at all. I could not recommend this unit enough.

    Pros: Touch screen Display quality Navigation Sound quality

    Cons: Owners Manual The unit doesn't dim low enough for my night time driving.

    Kenwood DNX893S

    JEROLD from Plymouth, MN on 1/10/2017

    2011 Buick Lucerne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product with a large viewing area. We really appreciated the great view with the backup camera & the Sirius XM radio addition. We couldn't be happier!

    Pros: Large screen viewing area

    Cons: Required a Maestro I/F to operate & maintain all the steering wheel controls.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Anonymous from Bend, OR on 12/28/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like most of it, does not have voice command for Garmin, very dissapointed, have problems with Carplay not working, have to go to Kenwood website to download update, these things should not happen to the top of the line Kenwood.



    Great Product - GPS is AWESOME!

    Dave from Sacramento, CA on 12/1/2016

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

    Great Sound! Easy to use GPS! Great Bluetooth sound and clarity! Apple Play works fantastic!



    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Dave from Avenel,NJ on 11/12/2016

    2008 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits nicely in the dash and looks great. Navigation is excellent. Lots of great apps.

    Pros: Easy to use.


    Nice, fast screen, but gets smudgy, hard to read

    CaptMike from Glendale, CA on 10/14/2016

    Professionally installed in 1999 MB ML, with mixed result. Unlike Crutchfield's data, it fits the dash and plays both iPods I have, only the 160gB (not the 30gB) allows next/previous track. Both arrows are selectdable with either, but the older will only FF. I use neither, preferring a 32gB SD card, now that I found how to random play all songs. The user manual is thin with minimal info, but Kenwood level 1 phone help as been above today's norm. The newness of this model limits forum resources. I got NO contents list nor install manual in the box. I chose it for the reported faster boot and the Garmin NAV, but miss the voice control like my dedicated Garmin allows. The dearth of buttons demands affords larger screen; nearly all control via the touchscdreen; the VOL buttons are quite small; Menu and Home buttons' functions demand users learn which contains what sub-menus. I discovered that VOL will alter NAV volume, while 'she' speaks. The installer bypassed the factory BOSE amp due to noise, but it remains. Support says RF filters are included, but I've yet to verify installation of them. I also had to find the solution to virtually no AM radio reception, which was due to an unpowered antenna amplifier. I've installed many car systems, including some custom. Crutchfield's support has been stellar, but offers no double DIN for this vehicle, so I was stuck with a 'pro'. If the high floor noise issue can be solved, I'll be happy with this

    Pros: Plenty of audio customization with high pre-amp outputs. Build quality seems good. Very responsive screen. Whitish Noise in audio, all inputs.

    Cons: Neither HTC nor Samsung phones would link beyond hands-free calling. Sparse documentation. No MUTE button; small VOL buttons. Fingerprints quickly make screen hard to read with sunlight.

    Updates a must!

    Danny from San Diego, CA on 10/3/2016

    2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is a great product by Kenwood and th sound is second to none! My biggest beef is i had to update the unit to get the features to work correctly. Once the update finished it was great and the Android auto and Apple car play worked great, Spotify works now and the HD radio is awesome. I was very surprised that the Sirius connection did not plug into the unit and requires additional hardware (something Pioneer already has). Adding the IDATAKLINK Maestro was worth it to retain all the OEM features and additional vehicle information. Overall a nice unit.

    Pros: Sound quality is superb!

    Cons: Features do not work without updates>

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Dave from Allen Park, MI on 9/26/2016

    Have found no problems with it yet. So far it has above and beyond exceeded my expectations.




    Joe from Colorado Springs, CO on 9/1/2016

    2002 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed it this weekend in my old Toyota Tundra and it works great. Had a moment of concern with the wiring harness adapter cause it looked so different from the Toyota wiring in the truck, but I took a leap of faith and it ended up not being a problem at all. I wish the Garmin GPS in it was a bit more up to date (hate the "recalculating" nagging) but that's a minor thing I can live with. It sounds great and I hooked up a backup camera with it and am really happy with that feature, as well.

    Pros: Lots of great features

    Cons: Spendy and it takes a little longer than I'd like to boot up

    Nice unit, and 24 hrs later, the firmware upgrade made it Great!

    DJ Dave from Northern NJ on 8/26/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, I thank everyone who reviewed this unit prior to my purchasing it. I must have read each of your reviews 10 times and felt your pains! I've seen enough glitches in Kenwood's over the past decade, though the sound quality has been second to none! The DNN990 was the last straw for me...absurdly slow and quirky. So 3 weeks ago, I had it yanked out and replaced with the Pioneer AVIC 8200 NEX. Well, that lasted for only 16 days! It's a really nice looking, well laid out unit, but the sound quality was at least a step below the DNN990! I was shocked! I really thought the Pioneer would sound at least as good, but NO WAY! I returned it to the dealer (he was not happy), and immediately ordered the DNX893S from Crutchfield (I knew Crutchfield would back it for 60 days anyway). I called Kenwood the day after the install to add more glitches to their list...and they had BIG NEWS!!! The first firmware update was posted that morning (8/25) !!! It fixed every glitch I knew of, the day after I bought the unit, and I now can say this unit is a strong 5! Sound is impeccable as usual (didn't need firmware for that!) and now the USB ports are cooperating, the Android Auto is working perfectly. I hope it has addressed everyone else's concerns! HAPPY LISTENING!!!

    Pros: Beautiful display (nice large icons), awesome sound (FLAC SUPPORT!), the usual Kenwood extras. The firmware rescued it in my opinion! It's a keeper now!

    Cons: Compass still quirky, no password protection for theft deterrence (really odd!), I agree the fonts are too large, miss the time counter on songs

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    In a Word "Awesome"

    Dan M from Sandpoint, ID on 8/1/2016

    1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield is a great source for those obscure sound systems. Like many people I have waited for the dnx893s and was so pleased to stop checking web site after web site. Crutchfield just contacted me when it was available, no worries. Now, the radio, wow this thing is awesome. The features are all as advertised and then some. The sound from any source that you choose is clear deep and life like. The display is crystal clear and the anti-glare tilt feature is great. I waited for this unit over the pioneer because of the Garmin powered navigation and it operates flawlessly.

    Pros: Great display, navigation, sound and integration features for external sources.

    Cons: None about the product or features, but Kenwood's marketing and licensing departments need to get it together. This is a lot, although worthwhile, amount of money to spend on a new head unit that will be last years model only 6 months after it's actual release date.

    Nice Unit. Could Use Some Improvements

    Steve from Lewisville, NC on 7/30/2016

    2011 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This new head unit (HU) has been in service in my vehicle two weeks. Sounds good. Easy-to-use touch-screen interface with vivid, colorful screen, but susceptible to finger smudges and glare. Screen can be tilted, which helps with glare plus aligns slope of HU's face with car's dashboard. Visible screen area is 6" W x 3.5" H. Of that, a useless graphic takes up an area about 1.5" square. The graphic is either an album cover, Sirius XM logo, or channel ID. It serves no useful purpose; just eats up valuable screen real estate. Lines of text next to graphic showing song title, artist name, etc., are truncated. Text can only be fully displayed by horizontal scrolling at the press of a button. I wish the graphic could be hidden to allow the info to fully display. Alas, no such customization exists. Each time the unit boots up an annoying message appears warning the user to not operate the unit while driving. You must press a "Close" button to clear the message; it won't go away on its own and can't be disabled. Sadly, most aftermarket head units, no matter the manufacturer, have such a message. As of this writing this HU is a new release; it's been out about a month. I wish Kenwood would add additional customization features and provide them as a firmware update f

    Pros: Touch-screen icons can be rearranged by user. Several screen backgrounds to choose from and backlight of "hard" buttons can be changed. Not much else in the way of customizing provided. Installation was pretty straight-forward. I called Crutchfield tech support for help with wiring. The techs were courteous and helpful. Unit supports SiriusXM, which I added. It works as expected. Garmin Nav was a selling feature for me. For a 600+ mile trip the first week after install, the Nav wo

    Cons: I will use an iPhone with the HU. I connected a USB cable to the HU, but have difficulty with Apple CarPlay not loading when the iPhone is connected. CarPlay does work when it loads. I will continue to troubleshoot. Annoying start up warning message and lack of display customization options (see review section for details).

    Bang for your buck.

    Scott P from Winter Garden, FL on 7/30/2016

    2015 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to replace my miserable factory Toyota Entune system. When combined with android auto it absolutely blows away Toyota Entune system. The ability to use Google maps and Google now voice recognition alone was worth the swap. This unit gives you plenty of audio controls. After a few minutes of tweaking some settings I got it dialed in. You won't regret choosing this headunit. There was a few annoyances though. Every time it starts up you have to confirm a message popup regarding safe operation. After that it goes to a default "standby" screen. I would prefer to startup on my last used source. (Forgive me if there is a setting to change that, if there is I haven't found it yet). If you own a Samsung galaxy S6 or newer you will not be able to screen mirror through the hdmi/mhl port. Samsung stopped using mhl. I'm told wireless miralink is an option. Kenwood could do a better job of addressing this considering a big feature for this unit is its ability to seamlessly connect to your Android device... and Samsung happens to be one of the most popular brands. For the money I spent on this unit, I expected kenwood to have these details worked out.

    Pros: Great sound, great user interface, easy to setup, looks great and packed full of features.

    Cons: Annoying splash screen on every startup. Complicated screen mirroring setup for Samsung galaxy S6 or newer devices.

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Kenwood DNX893S

    John Hagen from Altus, OK on 7/26/2016

    2011 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first Kenwood system. The product seems to be very robust. Screen is just OK in daylight, even set at maximum brightness, as viewed from the drivers seat. If I lean over to the right, to view the display "straight on", the display looks great. However, it is awkward to drive this way ;-) Using the NAV portion is not real intuitive. I had to keep looking in the user guide to figure out how to set destinations, save them, sort them (can't sort which is pretty sad), and then navigate to the destination. I wish there was a way to eliminate the two lines of information at the bottom of the screen to reveal more navigational data and less "nice to see" data. Overall I am satisfied with the purchase.

    Pros: Overall, system is very robust. Nice GUI and easy to use. Apple CarPlay is functional and my iPhone 5 is now interfacing with it and works great.

    Cons: The OEM Ford GPS and SiriusXM would not interface with the unit, even though it was "supposed to." Had to purchase an external SiriusXM antenna and tuner kit. Display is hard to view/read in normal daylight operation. Can't sort saved destinations for easy lookup. Both USB dongles on the unit will not interface with CarPlay, only one does.

    Great tool!

    Lance from Fargo on 7/26/2016

    2008 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to use and the screen is nice to use, like a smart phone. Great features and the Android Auto is fun to use.

    Pros: Easy to use. Quality

    Cons: money

    Very nice unit

    Edmund from Oakland, CA on 7/25/2016

    2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This I a very nice upgrade to the factory radio. Very easy to operate. Bluetooth,Sirius, and HD radio work together seamlessly. I chose this model because it has the Garmin Navigation which I've used in other vehicles.

    Pros: Nice touchscreen. Easy to set up. Didn't need an adapter to install the deck in my dashboard. I like the split screen option I;e navigation on one side audio on the other.

    Cons: Slight reception delay when changing audio choices. Had three wiring harness options and wound up using the base harness because my vehicle didn't have a data connection. Safety message when ever the unit is turned on.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX893S

    Bob from Harrisonburg, VA on 7/22/2016

    2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

    I had first purchased a DNX692. You could not read screen if sun was shinning. Changed out for the DNX893S big difference you can read that screen with sun glasses on. 100% better unit. Only bad thing safety message comes on every time you start car has to be manually turned off that is a real pain

    Pros: Screen bright easy to see

    Cons: The safety message comes on ever time you stop and start vehicle. That is a pain when you are in and out of your vehicle a lot I am not sure I would of purchased if I had known you could not cut off or it would go off it self

    I love Themis radio .. No headache.. Simple Installion..

    Jose from New York, NY on 7/21/2016

    2010 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Would recommend this radio to my family n friends..



    Great Unit in Beta Testing

    RSM from Tampa, FL on 7/20/2016

    Overall this unit is better than all of the other brands currently out. I have a few of the recent generation Pioneer and Alpine models and this beats it in every way. Screen is more vivid and colorful than the Pioneer. Features are better than Alpine. Not a ton of customization options, but the home screen is pretty nice. Garmin maps are fantastic and far superior to Apple CarPlay maps. The main issue is that the software is like a beta release. It has a couple of quirks like the text is very small on certain menus or too large in other menus. If you use the Maestro RR and Sirius XM the unit will constantly reboot (at least in a VW). Unplugging the XM module fixed that issue, but if I want to use XM radio I have to replace the Maestro RR. As others have said many of the car-specific features such as gauges and controls may or may not work. I called Kenwood and they knew right away what I was talking about and was told a software update will be release around October. She even suggested I return it and go with a different model. Not very comforting! I did confirm with her that if I remove the Maestro RR then I should have no issues. Also to note, iDatalink says the software update from Kenwood will not require pulling the radio and reprogramming the Maestro. So, great radio with buggy software. If you don't plan on using vehicle-specific integration then you can't beat it. Otherwise, you may want to wait until the work out the bugs or go with another unit.

    Pros: Screen, Garmin navigation, sound quality, feature-rich

    Cons: Buggy Software. Does not work with Maestro RR and XM Radio together (1 or the other until software update is released)

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Constantly Freezes

    Anonymous from Staten Island, NY on 7/19/2016

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit is really nice except it doesn't work! I used iDatalink Maestro to wire it to my vehicle, everything works except when its in Car Play mode with iPhone 6 it freezes after 10-15 minutes of usage while in Maps/GPS. I tried different things but this unit constantly crashes on me. I called Kenwood and they claim that iDatalink Maestro have some issues with some Kenwood radios.

    Pros: Looks Great

    Cons: Crashes in Car Play while in Maps/GPS on iPhone 6

    Crutchfield response on 7/20/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Unhappy with iDatalink Fit

    HJM from Oklahoma on 7/16/2016

    2014 Ford F-150 FX4

    I like it better than the 4.3" fake screen that was in my F-150, but for $2300 after I paid for an iDatalink kit, XM antenna, backup camera, installation, etc, I don't think it's worth it.

    Pros: Screen/sound clarity, navigation, boot time isn't too bad, OEM integration works well, easy to use once you get used to it, 5v pre-outs, good EQ, icons are rearrangeable, touch screen is responsive, backup camera interrupting quickly engages/disengages

    Cons: Blue square on home screen that doesn't go away unless using the unit on iPod mode (then it shows album art where blue square is- but NO album art on Bluetooth mode!!) and it's ANNOYING to the point of I almost want to get rid of this unit! Backup camera assist lines don't turn off even when you select them to off in options menu. No brightness settings in DVD menu. Most of all, it DOES NOT function well with iDatalink kit! Had to install unit 1/4-3/8" sticking out or screen would bind!!


    Anonymous from Coeur d Alene idaho on 7/14/2016

    2006 Hummer H2 SUT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this deck! The screen is very bright and vivid for navigation and movies, works perfect with my iPhone. The Harmon graphics are killer! I have two aftermarket headrest for the back that I mirror everything to. I rated 4 out of 5 stars because you can mirror/video out every input EXCEPT the HDMI port.... Which was disappointing because that's how I was going to access files on my phone. Other than that this is the best deck I have ever owned!

    Pros: Brightness, speed, graphics, tons of inputs and additional options.

    Cons: No video out for hdmi

    Great unit

    Dev from Alberta on 7/13/2016

    2013 Ford F-150 XLT

    This unit works perfectly in my 2013 f 150 with I data link sync gauages and all functions operate properly no issues at all

    Pros: Works as advertised with ford

    Cons: None

    Failed In 1-1/2 Days

    Nice Pony from Tacoma, WA on 7/13/2016

    2008 Ford Taurus X

    Posted my first review prematurely. This DNX893S failed after 1-1/2 days and will not longer boot up. For the first 1-1/2 days it worked perfectly. This is not a good sign for quality control for one of the most feature rich and expensive units available and in the supposedly better Kenwood Excelon line. I don't have SYNC so can't comment on the other posters review but that also sounds pretty bad. Why the heck would they release devises to the market that are obviously not ready? No SYNC, boot issues and who knows what else. My old DNX7100 is going on nine years old and still works perfectly. Even though Garmin will no longer, and hasn't for quite a few years, supply updated maps for it stating it is obsolete even though I purchased lifetime map updates. So I have no idea why the state the unit is obsolete and no longer supported. On that note this unit comes with map version 2016.10 and going to the update site state there are no map updates available. My DNX7100 has map update, from the underground of course, 2017.20. (The map dates are always a year ahead) Which are the most recent maps available from Garmin. Looks like Kenwood and Garmin are both pulling fast ones on consumers. Really beginning to wonder about both Kenwood and Garmin. If the second units fails in short order that will be the last Kenwood product I purchase.

    Pros: If this unit lasts more than 1-1/2 days it is great!

    Cons: Failed after 1-1/2 days.


    Gus from New York on 7/12/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just got a Kenwood DNX893S head unit in exchange for the DNN992 unit that stopped working. Had two 992 in the last 6 weeks stop working. So I got the 893 on Crutchfield's advice as it has a faster processor and has updated firmware fixes for boot up issues. I was also told it was all compatible with the iDatalink Maestro just as the 992 was. Well despite the 992 failing to boot up half the time my Ford Sync worked as it was supposed to (when it booted up that is). But the 893S does not support the Maestro Sync functions for bluetooth calling or media. Crutchfield tech support could not figure it out. I called iDatalink for help and they told me the DNX893S has bug issues in the firmware that prevents vehicle gauges and diagnostics to work. In addition to that it wont load the Ford Sync app/interface screen to pair devices etc. So Kenwood is supposedly going to release a firmware update to fix this without any projected release date. So I am puzzled how a company whom advertises and promotes being the best featured radio for iDatalink compatibility and OEM control interfacing could release a product that doesnt interface at all. So with two DNN992 units failing, a brand new model hyped up to be the best there is that wont interface, I beg to differ with Crutchfield and anyone else who says Kenwood is the Best. Over $1000+, no quality control, and having junk is all it is riding the curtails of name recognition...My opinion is Kenwood is unreliable junk! You Are Now Warned!

    Pros: Sound Quality, Screen clarity

    Cons: No quality control, lack of testing, iDatalink interface problems, unreliable.

    Crutchfield response on 10/5/2016 There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.

    Kenwood DNX893S Is A Nice Upgrade

    Nice Pony from Tacoma, WA on 7/10/2016

    2008 Ford Taurus X
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this new Kenwood DNX893S in a Taurus X SE. -Kenwood Excelon DNX893S -Metra 99-5807 Dash Kit -Metra 70-5520 Receiver Wiring Harness -Metra 40-CR10 Antenna Adapter -iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter Installation was pretty easy in this car using the above components. The sound from the stock speakers is much better than I expected. I'm sure true audiophiles can make good use of the available preamp out connections to hook up amplifiers and better speakers. As with my old DNX7100 this unit will play almost any type of sound or video file including Flac! Play files from USB or SD is a no brainier. This car did not have the upgraded entertainment system so does not have SYNC or a subwoofer. Plan on adding a subwoofer to the setup soon however. Coming from a Kenwood DNX7100 installed in a 2006 Mustang in 2007 it took a while to relearn how to use this new unit. This was also a complaint for the DNX7100 being to complex. This DNX893S seems a bit more streamlined but still take a bit to learn or they would have to drop features. By the way the DNX7100 is still going strong after 9 years! Using the DNX893S with a HTC One M9 Android Smartphone it works flawlessly. It did take a while for the address book to sync up. At first I thought there may be an issue but patience did pay off. Tried every feature I could think of that is available with my setup and the HTC one M9 and it all works as advertised.

    Pros: Nice upgrade over a DNX7100 still owned and working in another car for 9 years.

    Cons: I have found no real cons so far.

    Quick take on unit

    Tim from Plano, TX on 7/9/2016

    2013 Nissan Juke

    Just had my unit installed and drove home with it! Really love the unit! It does everything I want and does it well. Sound is great. Garmin Navigation is even better than last year. Inrix traffic on my unit is a free subscription for three years! Totally thrilled replacing the Kenwood DNN992. Kenwood got that model so wrong. You can't go wrong with the Kenwood DNX893S! Verry happy!

    Pros: Garmin Navigation, 2 year Inrix traffic subscription, sound with the 13 band equilizer,

    Cons: None!


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Yes
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, microSD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE/4S
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 6.95
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback WAV/FLAC (24-bit/192kHz)

    Product Research

    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPhone Integration + CarPlay
    Android Integration w/ Android Auto
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    HD + SiriusXM Radio
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.95" Capacitive Touchscreen: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S features a 6.95" widescreen (16:9) capacitive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The capacitive touchscreen LCD provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The capacitive LCD touchscreen is highly responsive with touchscreen operations that include tap, tap & hold, flick left/right, and swipe up/down. 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).

    • Custom Home Screen & Shortcuts: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the seven most sources you use most to this screen. Three programmable shortcut source keys offer a quick jump to your favorite sources
    • Background Images: You can choose between six preset background images or download your own still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Picture Adjustments: During video playback, you can adjust the touchscreen LCD monitor's backlight, contrast, black level, brightness, color, tint, and aspect ratio (Full/Normal/Auto).
    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire of the wiring 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, and album artwork; as well as Navigation Maps, CarPlay, Android Auto, & Mirroring.

    Dual Core Processor w/ Faster Start-Up Time: The Kenwood navigation receiver utilizes a Linux based system and dual core processor for faster operating speeds and enhanced stability. The unit has start-up time of approximately 17.7 seconds from OFF to the last source selected or navigation map screen.

    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 source window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen, as well as song/artist information and basic playback controls (rear-view camera) simultaneously. You can even display the navigation map screen and DVD or AV-IN video simultaneously with the vehicle's parking brake engaged.

    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, 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). The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim the head unit's display & front-panel illumination automatically when your vehicle's light switch is turned On, if you have the unit's orange/white "Illumination" wire connected to your vehicle's headlamp circuit. You can also choose to have the receiver's display & front-panel dimmer function to sync with the unit's built-in navigation Day/Night dimmer feature. In addition, you can choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Clock & Date: The navigation receiver offers a 12-hour clock & day/month/year display. The clock 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/Home button turns the unit off completely.

    Remote Control: The Kenwood DNX893S offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and is compatible with Kenwood's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for added convenience.

    • Steering Wheel Controls: The head unit features a factory 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).
    • Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV331, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood nav 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 DNX893S 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 DNX893S 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.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation software and map data, the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S features on-screen maps of the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico. 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: While the receiver's map 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 Kenwood receiver will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be purchased and downloaded as needed, via USB or SD card. To find a software or map update, please go to

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S 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: 29 seconds (cold)
    • Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
    • Accuracy: <2.5 meters continuous (Position), 0.1 meter/sec (Velocity)
    Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 13.7 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to LA, California. It only took 7.1 seconds to calculate directions from Charlottesville, Virginia to Baltimore 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 DNX893S 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 Google Play Store) installed. While the DNX893S 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.

    • Traffic: By automatically learning a user's driving habits, INRIX Traffic personalizes routes to avoid the worst traffic, recommends trips and departure times, and provides automatic, intelligent alerts to keep users aware of changing road conditions. INRIX even rovides real-time images from traffic cameras along major roadways to supplement the traffic information.
    • Weather: INRIX provides local area current temperatures, forecasted weather conditions, and severe weather alerts. It also gives you advance warning of dangerous weather-related road conditions ahead, keeping your safer along your route.
    • Parking: INRIX helps you to find detailed parking information, including parking availability in nearby garages and pricing information.
    • Fuel: INRIX also helps you find nearby fuel stations and compare fuel prices.

    On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S 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 DNX893S 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 (0-40) 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 DNX893S 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.

    Driver Assistance: The DNX893S features Lane Assist, Photo-Real Junction View, Exit Services, and Speed Limit Icons to assist you along the calculated route to your destination.

    • Lane Assist: Lane Assist guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. The Lane Assist feature can be found in the top left hand corner of the map screen.
    • Photo-Real Junction View: This feature of the navigation system realistically displays junctions and interchanges along your route, including the surrounding landscape.
    • Exit Services: 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.
    • Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posted speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.

    Destination & Location Screens: The DNX893S offers a variety of destination/location screens & functions to help you along your route.

    • 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 DNX893S search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
      • 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 also search for a city by name or search two intersecting streets.
      • POI Category + Quick Search: 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. After you have performed a search for a point-of-interest, certain categories may display a Quick Search list that displays the last four destinations you selected
      • 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) or waypoints.
      • 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.
      • Quick Search:
    • 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.

    Trends: The DNX893S has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.

    • myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites, and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days of regular driving usage.
    • trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.

    ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.

    • Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX893S calculates fuel used, the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
    • 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.

    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 DNX893S might not calculate a detour.

    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. You can even add scheduling information to each location in your trip, including the desired arrival time and layover duration at each location.

    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.

    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.

    GPS Simulator: You can turn the unit's GPS receiver off and simulate travel along a projected route.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0 The Kenwood DNX893S is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0 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 Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile), GAP (Generic Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (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 DNX893S. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time, making it easier to switch between devices. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (for iPhone): You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    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 DNX893S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DNX893S 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 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 (1-30 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DNX893S, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number from the head unit's touchscreen keypad.
      • Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up to 5 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook: You can download phonebook data (up to 1,000 entries) from your phone to the DNX893S. You can then dial by using the downloaded phone book and search it alphabetically.
      • 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 entries each).
      • 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 : The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S 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 lossless music streaming. 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 Excelon DNX893S for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DNX893S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DNX893S offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the DNX893S lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.5+ phones only).
    • 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 resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DNX893S 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" 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 DNX893S 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.

    Note: 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 DNX893S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    iPhone Integration + CarPlay

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning-connector. Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls. Use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mail, send/ receive messages and select music in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    • Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
    • Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Kenwood receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
    • Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
    • Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):

    Note: If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.

    iPod AV Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports direct connection of your Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone or 30-pin iPhone 4S through its rear-panel USB port or HDMI input. The DNX893S offers audio & video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models.

    • Lightning Connector: If 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 Excelon DNX893S 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 navigation receiver. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, Kenwood's Lightning-to-USB cable (or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device), and Kenwood's KCA-HD100 (or other HDMI cable); all sold separately.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPhone 4S with a 30-pin connector, you can use Kenwood's the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPhone to the DNX893S for audio playback only. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your iPhone on the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S, you'll need Apple's 30-pin AV adapter, the dock-to-USB cable that came with your device), and Kenwood's KCA-HD100 (or other HDMI cable); all sold separately.
    Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.

    iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigation your iPod/iPhone's music library from its front-panel & touchscreen controls. The head unit offers unique search features like Category Search & Link Search, plus offers basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. You'll also still be able to control most connected Apple devices from its own touchscreen while connected via USB.
      • Category Search: Category Search allows you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, Audiobook, or Radio. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order).
      • Link Search: 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.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DNX893S will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. The unit will also display song/artist info and album art from select music apps.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPhone Mirroring via HDMI: The Kenwood receiver will mirror the display of your HDMI/USB/Bluetooth connected iPhone (iOS 9.0+) 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 iOS device through the Kenwood receiver. Connection method is based on your type of iPhone. If you have a newer iPhone with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter and Kenwood's Lightning-to-USB cable (or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device); if you have an older 30-pin iPhone 4S, you'll need Apple's 30-pin digital AV adapter and the dock-to-USB cable that came with your device. In addition, for both types of iPhones, you will need a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (all 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 continue to take Bluetooth phone calls.

    • Mirroring of your mobile device does not require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged.
    • Mirroring of your device will not always appear in full-screen on the Kenwood unit's touchscreen display.
    • You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen for control; the head unit's touchscreen does not support control.
    • 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. Not all Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.
    • When "Automotive Mirroring" is activated within the head unit's menu, CarPlay is not functional. In order to use CarPlay, "Automotive Mirroring" must be turned off.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/4/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Mirroring Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N 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 available.

    Android Integration w/ Android Auto

    Android Auto: The Kenwood navigation receiver supports the Android Auto app for Android smartphones running OS Lollipop (5.0 or newer). Your compatible Android smartphone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver's USB port via the microUSB-to-USB cable that came with your smartphone, plus be paired via Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include:

    • Google Speech Technology: The Kenwood navigation receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google's Speech Technology using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the on-screen "mic" icon to activate Google Speech.
    • Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology.
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Kenwood receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Kenwood receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and internet radio stations from from Amazon MusicPandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo.


    • If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause Android Auto to malfunction
    •  Learn more at and to see what phones are compatible.

    Android Mirroring via HDMI/MHL: The Kenwood receiver will mirror the display of your HDMI/MHL-connected & Bluetooth-paired 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 Android smartphone through the Kenwood receiver. The head unit's HDMI port is MHL (v2) 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. The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection allows you to continue to make hands-free calls.

    • Mirroring of your mobile device does not require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged.
    • Mirroring of your device will not always appear in full-screen on the Kenwood unit's touchscreen display.
    • You will continue to use your Android device's touchscreen for control; the head unit's touchscreen does not support control.


    • Compatible Android smartphones include Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5, Samsung Note II/III/IV, Sony Xperia Z-series, LG Optimus, and HTC One Max (all with OS 4.1+). The listed Samsung phones will also 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.
    • When "Automotive Mirroring" is activated within the head unit's menu, Android Auto is not functional. In order to use Android Auto, "Automotive Mirroring" must be turned off.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports a variety of audio & video files recorded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc (see chart below).

    • 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 receiver is fitted with a SD card slot on the front-panel that is hidden behind the unit's electronic slide-down touchscreen monitor. The SD card slot supports both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of  a variety of compressed and high-resolution music files, as well as standard and high-definition video files, plus JPEG still image stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card (see chart below).

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S rear-panel USB port consists of a proprietary connector and a 39" proprietary USB cable terminated by two female USB (type-A) connectors. The USB ports can be used for connection and control of portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. The USB ports enable playback of a variety of compressed and high-resolution music files, as well as standard and high-definition video files, plus JPEG still image files stored on a compatible USB memory device (see chart below). USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB ports (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This head unit's USB port does not support Android smartphone & tablet devices.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports the following types of compressed and high-resolution audio files, standard and high-definition video files, and JPEG photo files recorded onto a disc, loaded onto a USB mass storage class device, or saved on a SD/SDHC memory card.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) Flash Memory (USB MSC & SD/SDHC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32, NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
    Video MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max bit-rate of 1.5Mbps
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1280 x 720 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder) 9,999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags, WMA/AAC/FLAC-tags, & Album Art

    High Resolution Audio Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S supports playback of high-resolution FLAC & WAV music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz), via USB or SD (not disc). 

    List Search: You can search folders & files on a disc, USB device, or SD card according to hierarchy.

    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.

    HD + SiriusXM Radio

    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 (80dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (80 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • 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 DNX893S 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 DNX893S'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 navigation 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 AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art.
    • Multicasting & Emergency Alerts: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8). HD Radio also delivers critical and life-saving messages to the public during emergency situations.
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, 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 here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List/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 channel number.
    • 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
    • Smart Favorite Presets: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets on the current band are recognized as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart, TuneScan & TuneMix.
      • TuneStart: 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: TuneScan plays the first 6 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
      • TuneMix: TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from your Smart Favorite preset music channels from the current SiriusXM preset band, allowing you to build a custom channel from as few as two to as many as six music channels.
    • 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.
    • 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 Discount Plan.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Excelon Series: The DNX893S 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 long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality from compressed (up to 48kHz) and high-resolution music files (up to 192kHz) with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S 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 DNX893S 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 Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The DNX893S features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and offers independent level control (-50 to +10 dB).

    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. You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    • Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: Select your optimal listening position from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front All. 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. The Front Focus feature even lets you localize the sound image in front of a selected seat (Left or Right).
    • Car & Speaker Type: Indicate the type of vehicle and the size of your vehicle's speakers, plus their location inside the vehicle.
      • Car: Select your car type - Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long) or Off.
      • Speaker Size: Independently set the Front & Rear speakers to OEM 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10", or None. You can set the Subwoofer to 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15"+, or None. Set the Tweeter to Small, Middle, Large, or None.
      • Speaker Location: Set the location of the Front speakers to Upper Door Area, Lower Door Area, On Dash, or Under Dash. Set the location of your Rear speakers to Upper Door Area, Lower Door Area, Upper Cargo Area, Lower Cargo Area, Upper 3rd Row Area, Lower 3rd Row Area, or Parcel Shelf Area.
    • High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Front & Rear: Independently set high pass filter (HPF) for your front & rear speakers.
        • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
        • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
        • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
      • Sub: Set low pass filter (LPF) for unit sub output.
        • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
        • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
        • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)

    Equalizer: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S offers 8 EQ Presets for east adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, and a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.

    • Preset EQ: The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Pops, Easy, Top40, Jazz, Powerful, Rock, or User 1-4) suitable for the music genre of your choice.
    • 13-Band EQ: The User modes (1-4) allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 13-band EQ (62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency's gain level can be adjusted from -9dB to +9 dB.
    • Drive EQ: The Drive EQ mode helps you hear your music over road noise. It boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.

    Music Enhancement: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression, as well as enhance the sound by virtually manipulating the soundscape.

    • 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.
    • Space Enhancer & Stage EQ: 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 Stage EQ can be set to High, Middle, Low, or Off.

    Volume Level & Bass Management: The navigation receiver offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your sources. The DNX893S also provides bass management to get the most impact out of your system.

    • Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +6.
    • Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.
    • Bass Boost & DC Extension: The DNX893S 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 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer at lower volumes.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV + OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood Excelon DNX893S navigation receiver is fitted with a rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio/video input to connect external AV sources, such as a game system, Blu-ray player, or TV tuner.

    HDMI/MHL Input: In addition to iPhone and Android Mirroring, 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 HDMI-connected device.

    Note: There is a bracket on the back of the receiver that will need to be removed to access the HDMI input. The bracket can be reattached to the back of the unit once you have plugged in your HDMI cable (sold separately).

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In (not HDMI), USB, SD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    Note: If you select USB, SD, Disc, Mirroring, Bluetooth, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay as the main source, then you cannot select USB or SD as the AV output source.

    Rear & Front Camera Inputs: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-230 (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. There is also a composite video input for connecting a front dash-cam (sold separately), so you can display what's ahead of you on the head unit's touchscreen LCD monitor.

    • 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. There are three color-coded horizontal guidelines and two vertical guidelines.
    • Rear-View 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 of the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.8 seconds.
    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, select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier, and select Toyota/Scion vehicles.

    • Retained Features: 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). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro 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 Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Notes: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's 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.

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    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    Features and fit [ Mark  Mar 17, 2018 ]
    This stereo had all the features that I was looking for and more. [ David A.  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    it had the options I was after and isn't a crap resistive screen [ Tony  Mar 08, 2018 ]
    EXCELLENT PRICE FOR GREAT PRODUCT [ Jennifer  Mar 07, 2018 ]
    Great price. Time to upgrade the last Kenwood Nav I purchased from Crutchfield 5 years ago. [ DOUGLAS R  Mar 05, 2018 ]
    Awesome product at awesome price. [ Tyler Lynn  Feb 27, 2018 ]
    $600 off, CD player, nav, android. [ michael  Feb 27, 2018 ]
    it was a great price and a direct swap for the older kenwwod unit i had [ justin  Feb 12, 2018 ]
    600 bucks off a top of the line unit with Garmin GPS [ Pat  Feb 10, 2018 ]
    Quality, best options for the money. [ Steven  Feb 07, 2018 ]
    To make life easier [ Ray  Jan 30, 2018 ]
    Based on reviews [ Christopher  Dec 28, 2017 ]
    The reviews look good, Garmin gps, & the nicely sized discount. [ Patrick  Dec 27, 2017 ]
    Had all the features I was waning in a Stereo, GPS, hands free system. [ Diego  Dec 17, 2017 ]
    Features, Ease of Installation and Cost. [ John  Dec 11, 2017 ]
    Specific features, Kenwood eXcelon reputation and customer reviews [ Paul  Dec 08, 2017 ]
    Looked like a good choice. [ Paul  Nov 07, 2017 ]
    Best deal for features [ Kevin  Oct 27, 2017 ]
    Great Excelon Sound from Kenwood with integrated navigation. [ harold  Aug 24, 2017 ]
    I wanted Android Auto & I LOVE Garmin's GPS mapping interface. [ M  Jul 19, 2017 ]
    Ease of install and hope works better then last Kenwood [ Joseph  Jul 03, 2017 ]
    Looked at this stereo locally and really liked it. Unfortunately, their pricing was ridiculous, with no flexibility. Enter Crutchfield - great price and no sales tax !! I chose this unit because of the glass screen and Apple Car Play. Can't wait to get it installed ! [ Dennis  Jun 21, 2017 ]
    The price was right with all of the features I've been looking for in a Navigation receiver. [ Michael  Jun 15, 2017 ]
    I've owned many other Kenwood products is the past and this model, Kenwood Excelon DNX893S, has everything I need and want, from the back up camera option, Bluetooth, "Garmin" and all the maps I would need, Pandora and Spotify, Mirror Link and SO much more. The video demo from Kenwood made it easy to choose, with it's dual processor, touch screen and the dual screen option. The speed of the processor looks amazing. Am looking forward to installing it, probably immediately after it's delivered. [ David  May 07, 2017 ]
    Garmin Navigation. [ L  Apr 06, 2017 ]
    Upgrade from previous receiver and this one had the same features and more. [ Steve  Jan 12, 2017 ]
    Recommendation from local audio store [ Brent  Dec 29, 2016 ]
    I like how Kenwood radios integrate using ipod and Bluetooth without changing settings such as I have seen with an earlier model of pioneer (AVIC-4000nex). The pioneer wouldn't allow to change to ipod, play music, and change input back to Bluetooth audio and play music from phone without changing settings everytime to do so. All in all I wanted the capacitive touch, top of the line features with GPS, and an interface that isn't as cumbersome as Pioneer has been in my past experience. [ Sean  Aug 20, 2016 ]
    I have an exiting Kenwood Head Unit and am familiar with the brand and quality. [ shawn  Aug 07, 2016 ]
    This item has ApplePlay as well as the original features of my vehicle [ Mike  Jul 29, 2016 ]

    36 questions already asked

    I looked at iDatalink's site at the list of abilities this interface can give with radios. Outside temperature was not in the list. I don't expect you to get that back even with this gear. My Bio: [ Paul  Mar 12, 2018 ]  Staff
    Randy, while I've not used the feature yes it does support a front camera as well as the rear camera. [ Jack  Feb 28, 2018 ]
    yes you can install both front and rear. and the radio supports it [ John  Feb 28, 2018 ]
    yes it does [ Robert  Feb 28, 2018 ]
    well go to kenwood n ask them or u could got to YouTube n look for 5star car audio n ask dean the question n he will answer all ur questions.. [ Jose  Feb 02, 2018 ]
    69.99 through Garmin Express [ Sotith  Jan 03, 2018 ]
    $75.00 [ Robert  Jan 02, 2018 ]
    I installed on my corvette grandsport and eliminated the factory microphone . I used the mic. That came with the head unit and have not had any sound or clarity issues . [ ROBERT  Dec 22, 2017 ]
    I'm using the original mic it came with and at times it's unclear but to be fair on my side, I have a extremely loud exhaust so I get a lot of drone inside of the cabin but at idle or when I can keep the drone to a minimal while driving, it's only then people can hear me via Bluetooth. I sometimes have my phone connected with the cable to play android auto and always then no one can hear me so I always have to unplug it to talk to anyone. [ Stephen  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    No I had no problem.. go back who install ur radio n check n see if there is an update to the maestro or head unit .. n checks n see if there is a pinch on the mic .. [ Jose  Dec 21, 2017 ]
    The Kenwood does provide an A/V Output with Dual Zone capability: "The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In (not HDMI), USB, SD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation receiver or your rear entertainment system. " You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Sep 01, 2017 ]  Staff
    The Kenwood is a standard double DIN chassis size and is a recommended fit in nearly every year and version of the Honda Ridgeline. You'll find the dash mount kit for the 2006-up Ridgeline here: The dash kit for the 2016 and up Ridgeline can be found here: For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly: [ Ryan  Aug 09, 2017 ]  Staff
    Not sure exactly what you are asking. (You can only play one sound source at a time.) If you mean, do you either get Kenwood features or Car Play features (but not both) when you plug in a Car Play phone, the answer is no, you get reasonable access to both. With a Car Play phone plugged in, Car Play acts as additional input. You can select whether to listen to AM/FM, or whatever Car Play has to offer (Pandora, Spotify, your music on your phone) by using the usual controls on the Kenwood. Car Play does not hijack the whole user experience. You can even choose whether to use built-in Garmin nav, or use Apple maps nav via Car Play. The two systems co-exist pretty well, for example you can have FM going and your phone will interrupt via Car Play. Or you can run Kenwood/Garming nav while you play ipod music from your phone. [ Robert  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    You have to buy a separate unit for satellite radio. [ RICARDO  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    yes [ Rob  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    No, it'll disconnect the CarPlay unfortunately [ Kristy  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Yes you can use CarPlay features such as maps or messanger while listening to music from a different source [ Jacob  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    yes you can. I went out and verified that I can use the car play interface and have my satellite radio playing. It will even have apple maps navigating and providing directions while the alternate source of audio is playing. it's pretty easy to switch back and forth between sources, kenwood nav, car play functions etc. it just took a little getting used to. I think one of the big things is being able to rearrange your home screen buttons, this is especially helpful if you hook it up to a factory sirius radio receiver (ford in my case). The XM / sirius button doesn't work, you have to select satellite radio which was a few menu pages back. I just rearranged the buttons and now my satellite button is on my home page. hope this helps [ Rob  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Yes, although I don't have the XM radio, you can switch between carplay Pandora, carplay Amazon prime, HD radio or cd at any time. A phone call will interrupt the music and bring up the carplay "accept" screen. [ Don  Jul 09, 2017 ]
    Yes, [ Quinton  Jul 09, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny  Jun 26, 2017 ]  Staff
    Its 1 year [ shawn  Jun 16, 2017 ]
    Hi .. off the top of my head .. I think it's 1 yr with kenwood n what ever warranty u get from crutchfield .. but if u look up in the web .. there are places that fix after market radios .. [ Jose  Jun 16, 2017 ]
    I have a Samsung S8 with the new USB-C and it does not work on mine. It gives me an error saying that the device is not supported. [ mauro de  Jul 03, 2017 ]
    The unit supports two USBs, so as long as you have a USB C to USB cable, that should work. In my car the cables are hanging out of my AC vents as I have not modified the interior (my Kia Forte's default USB and aux do not work with this radio). [ Sotith  Jun 16, 2017 ]
    There are adaptor cables that can be used , over all the radio is the easiest most flexible I have ever owned for the price. Easy to install great screen contact with finger. Charlie [ CHARLES  Jun 16, 2017 ]
    Fat 32 and 32 gb max I use a 250gb usb for music (it may take larger) $80.00 [ KEN  May 15, 2017 ]
    The manual states SD or SDHC cards, FAT16 or FAT32 or NTFS, max card capacity 32GB. I have personally used 16GB FAT32 and that works fine. [ Robert  May 12, 2017 ]
    yes it does [ Rob  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    I think you can have a custom background but not a custom splash screen [ Mason  Apr 16, 2017 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Apr 04, 2017 ]  Staff
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Feb 20, 2017 ]  Staff
    The maximum volume level is 40. [ Jean  Feb 13, 2017 ]
    To load for me to listen too, vibrates th e widows. Great fit in my motor coach love the mirror option [ CHARLES  Feb 10, 2017 ]
    Not sure what you mean. The numbers are arbitrary except higher numbers equal louder volume and vice versa. A dB reading may be a better gauge for comparing volume levels. There are many other factors outside this unit, however. Good luck! [ jeffrey  Feb 10, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Feb 10, 2017 ]  Staff
    Hi there, I have a Jeep so I can't help you too much with exact details about your Prius but I can tell you there is an OEM Setup menu you can run through in the radio that interacts with the iDataLink unit you purchase. Crutchfield can help you pick out the unit that will retain all of that information for you. [ Mason  Jan 23, 2017 ]
    The kenwood DNX893S it self does not have those features however the Idatalink interface might. I would suggest visiting their website for more information. [ Brian  Jan 22, 2017 ]
    No it does not. [ Rocky T  Jan 22, 2017 ]
    You will need the KENWOOD/INRIX traffic app for your phone to get the traffic info integrated into this navigation unit. The app comes with two years free subscription and there is a button to extend the subscription but it keeps taking me to another KENWOOD website that I haven't yet figured out how to extend the subscription and what prices are to do so. Another note to consider is that app will be using up data from your cellphone to get it's information so if you have a limited data plan you will be adding to the consumption of data. [ EDWARD  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    The unit comes with a 2 year subscription to traffic - you can extend beyond that, though not sure how much it is. Traffic is managed through an app on your phone. It connects automatically to the head unit if paired together over bluetooth. It's actually quite effective. [ Scott  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    Good question - suggest you contact Kenwood directly . John [ John  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    If the front camera is hooked up, when you press the camera button it displays the front camera. You can switch back and forth from front to back by tapping the center of the screen. [ Jim  Aug 15, 2017 ]
    I cannot find any mention of being able to have the front camera automatically come on. I did find out there is a way to pull it up that appears to be rather quick, but nothing to make it automatic. I wish I had different news for you there. My Bio: [ Paul  Oct 31, 2016 ]  Staff
    From what I am told no. I did purchase one for my DNX7100. It worked for 2 years then they said the product was no longer supported. So much for lifetime updates. Get them on underground sites for that one now. Not sure if that is possible with this unit yet. [ Charles  Oct 08, 2016 ]
    As I understand it, you get free lifetime updates to maps. They do not charge for this added service. John in Kansas [ John  Oct 08, 2016 ]
    Not that I know, but Garmin can have that answer. [ DANIEL  Oct 08, 2016 ]
    You have to call Kenwood and talk to customers service and ask them .. [ Jose  Oct 08, 2016 ]
    On mine you can. [ Jacob  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    Nope. [ Stephen  Sep 16, 2016 ]
    Mine goes past the 15 but has also had the bars disappear but still increased or decreased . I had to turn off and back on to have it reset. [ ROBERT  Sep 13, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 13, 2016 ]  Staff
    I just got this unit and it does not play gapless on usb or sd card using the folder-file system like HD-Tracks and most other programs. If you want to get to know gapless playback get a portable DAP player. There is no Navigation unit out that plays gapless as of now that I can find. I will keep this unit as it sounds way better than my Alpine and has a lot of features I like. I do have the latest updates but it could use some more to make it better. [ David  Sep 04, 2016 ]
    Yes it does.. [ Jose  Aug 31, 2016 ]
    Pioneer makes a nice product but I am partial to kenwood and this one was everything I wanted. Cost was not a factor for me the features and the 13 channel equalizer made me wait for its release [ ROBERT  Aug 13, 2016 ]
    pressing the 6th button (left to right) for more than 1 sec mutes the sound. It's the car play mirroring button on the panel [ Rob  Jul 10, 2017 ]
    If your car has steering wheel controls a steering wheel adapter will add that function. [ Charles  Oct 08, 2016 ]
    There's no mute or attenuate function from the head unit's front-panel controls, but the optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (sold separately) includes an "ATT" button which will attenuate the volume of the DNX893; or other Kenwood video/navigation receiver. Here's a link to the remote on our website for a closer look: I hope that helps! [ Larry  Aug 12, 2016 ]  Staff
    Not sure about that because i didn't buy or hook up that cable because i was told the Android no long supports that MHL input for Android Auto It now goes into the USB port. So I wouldn't need to by one of those HDMI to android cable just use the standard [ Russell  Jul 21, 2016 ]
    Both the Android Auto and Apple Carplay capability allow you to have text messages read aloud to you. You can even compose and reply to texts using the voice command feature. The actual text will not be displayed on the stereo's screen as that is illegal in most states. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps! My Bio: [ Ryan  Jul 16, 2016 ]  Staff
    While the SiriusXM tuner and service support the "Content Alerts" feature, the Kenwood stereo itself does not. It's predecessor (DNX892) offered the feature and the information hasn't been updated to reflect the difference on the newer version. I have escalated your findings onto our web team for review and they will update our content for the DNX893 model accordingly. Thanks for the catch! My Bio: [ Ryan  Jul 11, 2016 ]  Staff
    "Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNX893S will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via USB & SD card." You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Jul 09, 2016 ]  Staff