Disc Playback Features
External Device Controls
Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs
Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood KVT-512 features a motorized-retractable 6.95" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display
with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution
of 480 x 234 with 336,960 total pixels (480H x 234V x RGB). This unit has touch screen controls with interactive
video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and
smudge-resistant. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your
Display Angle and Position Adjustment: You can adjust the
display's angle and position for better visibility. The display slides forward
and backward, allowing you to choose one of 4 slide positions. You can also
choose one of 8 tilt angles.
Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, and black level to
suit your viewing needs.
Switchable Panel Displays: You can adjust the headunit's
panel color and panel button
illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue,
Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all
preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted
between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each. In addition, you can download still images for
use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display
automatically opens when the unit is turned on and closes when the unit is
Selectable Screen Viewing Modes:
You can choose from the following screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB and
- Normal: displays 16:9
widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3
(conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side
- Full: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture
slightly but retaining full image height
- Justify: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally only at the edges
- Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures
both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the
picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges
Front Panel Controls With Dual Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
along the front lower panel of the unit. You can change the button illumination
to Green or Red.
Security Code: You may program
the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a
security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been
disconnected from power.
Tone Memory: This
feature allows you to store System Q-EX and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each
source (DVD, CD, Aux, FM, AM).
Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows
you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set
the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, ,
Navigation or Standby. You can se the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or
Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically
when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white
Illumination wire of this player's harness.
Disc Playback Features
Compatible Discs: The Kenwood KVT-512 supports playback of DVD-Video,
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD
AAC-LC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC-LC (.M4a), MP3 and WMA
files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder.
During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.
JPEG/MPEG Playback: In addition to MP3/WMA/AAC discs, this
unit can play discs with JPEG still image files or MPEG video files. The unit
supports MPEG1 and MPEG2 NTSC video formats.
Setting: If there is a problem with the CD
player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read
setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1
is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/AAC
discs or VCD.
DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3
Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD disc.
Control Screens: During DVD playback, you can control
certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the
left one-third of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right
one-third of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of
the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while pressing the
bottom center briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.
Direct Search: By entering its
number with the optional remote (sold separately) you can directly access title, chapter, time,
track, channel, or frequency.
Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image
you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or
Zoom: The KVT-512 features a four level zoom when playing back video
and still images. You can select from 4x, 3x, 2x, or Off.
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level.
You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a
CR-2 Tuner: The KVT-512 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear
radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC)
for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You
can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles
through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button
press), or Manual.
Radio Data System (RDS): The
unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some
radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When
an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is
being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the
display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function
which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement
(such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic
Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it
is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.
Station Name Preset (SNPS): This
feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to
16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in
each band either by name or frequency.
24-Bit D-A Converter: For
superb quality audio playback from DVDs and CDs, the KVT-512 is equipped with a
24-bit digital-to-analog converter.
System Q EX
Sound Control: Seven EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ
curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named
"Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy",
"Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own
settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own adjustment
for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00),
extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle
level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0,
12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be
turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble
Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX
Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle.
You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for
speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with
a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).
Selectable Preamp Output: The KVT-512 features front and rear
preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range
rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading subwoofer preamp output.
Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with
selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels
(using either speaker level or preamp output),
there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover
points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no
filter). If you select the non-fading preamp output setting for the rear channel
to use with subwoofer amplifiers, the unit features a low-pass filter with
adjustable subwoofer output level control.
Dolby Digital: The KVT-512 supports playback of Dolby Digital
and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to
Note: There is a female Toslink digital output terminal
located on the rear panel that is non-operation and listed in the manual as
"Do not connect".
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.
Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high
tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the
low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.
Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be independently adjusted
to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to
another. The available settings range from -15 to 0.
Setup Memory: Audio Setup and
AV Interface settings can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the
settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be
External Device Controls
USB Port: The Kenwood KVT-512 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port
that is attached to the chassis with a 36" cord to allow for various placement
options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC
files as well as JPEG files from connected portable USB
mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and portable digital audio players. The USB
port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the
FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will
recharged while it's connected to the USB port and the KVT-512 is turned on.
iPod High Speed Connection: The USB port and the rear panel 3.5mm
A/V AUX inputs are compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP300V adapter
(part # 113IP300V, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables
high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP300V
(3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock
connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into
the back of the KVT-512. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs
into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod,
so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's
touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm
miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and
transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood DVD/CD player. By
using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal,
so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your
iPod. The controls of the KVT-512 are seamless when used with the optional
KCA-iP300V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well
as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening
application. The KCA-iP300V is compatible with Fifth Generation iPods (iPod with
video), iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod classic
(80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation) and iPhone/iPhone3G. Be sure
to download the latest version software for iPod from Apple's website before
connecting this cable to your compatible Kenwood multimedia headunit.
Note: Currently this interface does not support video
playback for the iPod touch or iPhone but will support audio from the iPod
touch and iPhone.
Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to
- XM: This unit supports the Audivox CNP-2000 MiniTuner via the optional Kenwood KCA-XM100V interface box
which includes a vehicle dock and antenna. XM Satellite Radio programming offers 170 digital radio channels
including 69 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk,
comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also
offers instant traffic and weather alerts for 21 major US cities, as
well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA
tour, Indy car racing and several major college conferences.
- Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you
can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1)
and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface
(113CASR20V); package # 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional
CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the
SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package #
700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120
streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65
streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk,
sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio
receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be
connected to the head unit via its rear-panel auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The KVT-512 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner
(item #113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
Navigation Input: You can connect the Kenwood KNAG510 navigation system
to this unit via the maroon colored 13-pin jack on the back of the chassis. The
KNA-G510 comes with routing software and mapping information by Garmin,
customized for select Kenwood headunits. The maps cover the US (including Alaska
and Hawaii) and Canada, they are pre-loaded and include more than 5 million
points of interest. There is also an SD memory card slot used for future
updates. You can select which speakers are used for navigation voice guidance:
front left, front right, or both front speakers, as well as adjust the volume
independently from 0-35. You can also set the volume for the voice guidance
audio. Third party navigation systems with composite video a can also be
connected via the AV-IN input.
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth
compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter.
Using the KCA-BT200 and the adapter's supplied microphone you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit
as well as listen to audio files stored on a Bluetooth enabled audio player. You can
make calls from your cell-phone using the KVT-512 by entering a phone number from
the headunit's on-screen keypad,
registering up to six phone number presets, from your downloaded Phonebook
information or from an outgoing/incoming call list. This unit also supports Voice
Recognition if your mobile-phone is Voice Recognition compatible. The headunit
can support up to 35 voices and also supports Key Word Voice Recognition to
select phone number category. In addition, the unit features SMS (Short Message
Service) so you can send a small text message from your mobile phone using the
KVT-512. When your cell-phone is called, the KVT-512 is paused and muted
automatically (you need to hook-up the Brown Mute-Wire of harness). You are able to register up to five compatible
Bluetooth cell phones, but only one cell phone can be connected
at any given time. Visit
http://www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KVT-512 has a "steering
remote control" lead attached to the harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK
interface (item #127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel
and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select
vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from
1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu,
Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi,
Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and
Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits
My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs
Video/Camera Input: The KVT-512 is equipped with a
built-in video/camera input with a composite video jack on the
rear-chassis of the unit. This composite video terminal can be used to
connect an external video source without audio. This input can also be used as a rear
camera input for connecting an optional rear view camera,
such as the Kenwood CCD-2000 (item # 113CCD2000, sold separately).
The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the
vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear
view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire
in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for
automatic video switching.
3.5mm A/V Input: The KVT-512 features a 3.5mm stereo audio input and
3.5mm video input on the rear chassis of the unit for portable MP3/Video
players. These terminals are also compatible with your dock connector iPod using
the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately. The headunit comes supplied with a 43"
male to female 3.5mm audio/video cable to connect to this input to make
Parking Brake Detection: To
prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire
in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection
circuit. While the vehicle is in
motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and
A/V Output: The unit features a
set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an
optional monitor. You can choose AV-In, DVD, iPod, USB or Off as the source for the A/V