Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood KVT-516 features a
motorized-retractable 6.96" 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 unit has a front-loading disc-slot to
make loading your disc easier, so you don't have to extract or retract the monitor
every time you want to load a disc.
Z-Action Mechanism: This exclusive mechanism allows the display to
automatically slide out, rise to your ideal viewing angle (8 presets) and then retract
horizontally to your chosen viewing distance (4 presets) - all in a distinctive Z-shaped
motion. The unique Z-Action mechanism allows installation in a wider range of vehicles
and as it uses a belt-drive system it increases reliability substantially from similar
products using gear driven monitor designs.
Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display
automatically opens when the unit is turned on and closes when the unit is
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 head unit's
panel color 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.
Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the
following screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB and Rear-camera playback:
- 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
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.
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.
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
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect
the Kenwood KVT-516 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security
indicator light on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's
ignition is off.
24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from
DVDs, CDs, and USB media, the KVT-516 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KVT-516 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
KVT-516 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
Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX
Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle.
You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for
speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter),
or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).
System Q EX Sound Control: Eight 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, Jazz,
Flat, and User (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), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz,
1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0),
treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to
+8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust
the bass (100Hz), middle (1kHz), and treble (10kHz) levels only from +/-8dB.
3 Sets of Preamp Outputs: The KVT-516 features front, rear,
and subwoofer 2-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear preamp outputs feature
fade control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.
System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+
Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable
crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels (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). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output provides a
low-pass crossover filter (40/60/80/100/120/150/180/220Hz), phase
(normal/reverse), and independent volume control (-50 to +10).
Dolby Digital: The KVT-516 supports playback of Dolby Digital
and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to
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.
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System
Q-EX, and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner,
USB, Aux, Ext. Device).
Setup Memory: Audio Control, AV-IN Setup, AV Interface,
Navigation, and Audio Setup settings can be memorized and recalled at any time.
When the settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery,
they can be restored.
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 use the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or
Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
CR-2 Tuner: The KVT-516 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 24 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.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:
- 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 item
or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius
Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit
(607SCVDOC1); package item number
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
- XM: A portable XM or Sirius satellite
radio receiver can be connected to the head
unit via its auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The KVT-516 is HD Radio ready. With an
optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300,
sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 is also capable of iTunes tagging.
iTunes tagging gives the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a
connected iPod. The next time the iPod is connected to iTunes the tagged songs
are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.
Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting
using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in
your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).
External Tuner Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite
Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit's KAB port.
Compatible Discs: The Kenwood KVT-516 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 discs.
AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps),
MP3 (16-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) 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 (512 maximum number of files and folders).
During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays song, artist, and album
information (up to 30 characters). The unit supports ID3 Tag version 1.0, 1.1,
2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.
JPEG/MPEG Playback: This unit can play back JPEG (Baseline
format: 8192 x 7680, Progressive format: 1600 x 1200) still image files recorded
onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, and CD-R/W discs. The unit also supports video playback
of MPEG1 (352 x 240, 362 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480, 720 x 576) NTSC video
files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.
CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD
player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read
setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1
is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/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.
Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain
operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 5
functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current
chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing
the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while
pressing the bottom center 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
(KNA-RCDV330, 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-516 features a 4 level zoom (1,2, 3, or 4x) when
playing back video and still images.
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD
playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating
from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
USB Port: The Kenwood KVT-516 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB
type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various
placement options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3
(16-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) audio files; as well as
JPEG (8192 x 7680 pixels base format/1600 x 1200 progressive format)
still-picture files. The KVT-516 also supports video playback of MPEG1 (352 x 240
or 352 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480 or 720 x 576) video files from a connected
portable USB mass-storage player, USB thumb drive, or portable digital audio
player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that
support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The head unit can recognize up to 8
folder layers, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 15000 total files. The
unit can also support up to a maximum of 7,000 files per playlist. The unit will
display any recorded song, artist, and album information stored on your
connected USB device (up to 30 characters. Your USB device's rechargeable
battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the KVT-516
and the unit is turned on.
iPod High Speed Connection: The multimedia head unit's USB
port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone
devices when used with the optional KCA-iP302 adapter
sold separately). One
end of this 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-516.
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/iPhone, so you can navigate through
your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view
song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm minijack connectors of the
cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video
from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood KVT-516. By using the Auxiliary input, the
music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the
Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod/iPhone.
- USB Connection: The USB direct connection
enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the
optional KCA-iP302 (3-Wire) interface. The USB connection allows
your iPod/iPhone's large media library to be loaded instantly to
the multimedia head unit.
- Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood multimedia head unit supports
both audio/video playback from your compatible iPod or iPhone. Using the
optional Kenwood iPod/iPhone connector cable (sold separately), you can
enjoy audio/video playback of music and movie files stored on your iPod or
iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
- Media Navigation: Controlling your iPod/iPhone
from the KVT-516 is seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP302
cable. The Kenwood KVT-516 will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's
music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre,
Composer, Song, and Podcast; or your video library by Movie, Music Video, TV
Show, Video Podcast, and Rented Movie (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen
will be locked). The KVT-516 also offers Link Search, which searches for
other songs of the currently selected artist.
- Music Information Display: The KVT-516 also supports
metadata display of music stored on your iPod/iPhone. The multimedia
head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including -
Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, Album Title and
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KVT-516 and the
KCA-iP302 iPod adapter cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and
support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Song/Artist Text || Track Info |
| dock connector || 3rd || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| mini || 1st || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.0 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.2 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 3rd || 4.2.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 4th || 5.1.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 5th || 6.0 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 3GS || 4.3.5 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 4 || 5.0.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 4S || 5.1.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 5 || 6.0 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
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.
Video/Camera Input: The Kenwood KVT-516 is equipped with a
rear-panel audio/video/camera input with a composite video jack and a pair of
RCA stereo jacks. This audio/video terminal can be used to connect an external
video source with audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera input for
connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-200
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.
A/V Output: The KVT-516 also features a set of rear-panel stereo
RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional
monitor. You can choose DVD, iPod, USB or AV-IN as the source for the A/V
Navigation Input: You can connect the optional Kenwood
KNA-G610 navigation system (113KNAG610, sold separately) to this unit via the
round 13-pin jack on the back of the chassis. Third party navigation systems
with composite video a can also be connected via the AV-IN input. The KNA-G610's
built-in mapping software will display on the compatible Kenwood
navigation-ready receiver. You will be able to control the KNA-G610 from the
Kenwood navigation-ready head unit's touchscreen monitor, or the head unit's
wireless IR remote control (optional).
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth
compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter
sold separately). Using the KCA-BT300 and the adapter's supplied microphone you
can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood head unit 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-516 by entering a phone number from the head unit'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 head unit 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-516. When your cell-phone is called, the KVT-516
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.
Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be
http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV330 IR
wireless remote control
sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood multimedia head unit.
The KNA-RCDV330 wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA"
batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV330 must be
pointed at the front-panel of your compatible Kenwood head unit within direct
line of sight.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also
features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within
the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio
steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering
Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.