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Kenwood's KVT-516 DVD receiver puts the functionality of a touchscreen display into your single-sized dash opening. Just touch the motorized, retractable 6.95" screen to change sources, select DVD menu items, or choose the music you want to hear. Kenwood's unique Z-Action™ mechanism gives you 12 different viewing angles for optimum visibility.

Kenwood's KVT-516 DVD receiver puts the functionality of a touchscreen display into your single-sized dash opening. Just touch the motorized, retractable 6.95" screen to change sources, select DVD menu items, or choose the music you want to hear. Kenwood's unique Z-Action™ mechanism gives you 12 different viewing angles for optimum visibility.

Video entertainment for all

Watch your favorite DVDs on the built-in screen whenever you're parked, or add an external screen and wireless headphones so your passengers in the back can watch movies while you drive. You can activate dual-zone mode to listen to music or news up front, while they enjoy a DVD with headphones in the back.

Ready to play your music

Load up a USB thumb drive or a recordable CD or DVD with MP3, WMA, and AAC files for hours of listening enjoyment. The KVT-516 displays tag information contained in your files, easy to see with a quick glance at the large screen. And of course you can play your regular store-bought CDs as well. Add an HD Radio™ tuner for enhanced sound quality from participating AM and FM stations.

Add Kenwood's iPod adapter to control and play the music from your iPod in your car. Kenwood's intuitive menu lets you navigate through your playlists and albums with ease, and you'll see your album cover art on the screen. When you're parked, you can even view videos stored on your iPod.

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

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • motorized 6.95" touchscreen
    • choose from 10 colors for display and button illumination
    • fits single-sized dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA/AAC files on disc
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    • works with Kenwood iPod adapter and HD Radio tuner
    • inputs: USB input, A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp output (front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/DVD/CD receiver with retractable monitor
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp/AV harness
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • Installation manual (Eng/Span/Fre)
    • Navigation compatibility note (taped to top of unit)
    • Warranty card (Eng/Fre/Spa)

    This clearance Kenwood KVT-516 was a great bargain! It has amazing video and sound quality for the price paid. I would definitely buy bargains from Crutchfield again!

    Mick V., Clarksville, TN


    Kenwood KVT-516 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (13 Reviews)

    There are far better products out there

    NoCo from Boston, MA on 1/3/2014

    It's pretty good, but it has absolutely no right to be so expensive. Right out of the box, on its own, it's just a car stereo with a touchscreen display. To make the most of it, you have to buy the bluetooth module, the satellite radio module, the ipod connector, and the GPS controller. Altogether that makes this way over a thousand dollars. On top of that, it requires an ENORMOUS amount of space behind the dash if you're going to be jamming all of the accessories in there. Save your money. Buying something more expensive with more features would actually save you the money required to get the most out of this one.

    Pros: Sounds very good. Touchscreen ipod controls are great. Touchscreen is very responsive in general.

    Cons: Randomly forgets the position it's supposed to be set to. Build quality isn't great - sometimes it induces some strange interference or doesn't start for no reason. Accessories are extremely expensive. Kind of useless without the accessories.

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    Eric from Burnsville, MN on 10/24/2013

    2007 Lincoln MKZ
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had this in my car for a little over a year and I am already looking for something else. The interface is awkward - not intuitive. The slide out screen is goofy and vibrates all over with bumps in the road. It also randomly switches between Sirius and FM for no apparent reason.

    Pros: Enables you to add new technology to an older car.

    Cons: Slide out screen, factory speakers don't sound good with it, interface is not intuitive, randomly switches input source.

    KVT-516 Rocks!

    Mick V. from Clarksville, TN on 10/13/2013

    2003 Saturn LW300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This clearance Kenwood KVT-516 was a great bargain! It has amazing video and sound quality for the price paid. I would definitely buy bargains from Crutchfield again!

    Pros: Price & Quality!

    Cons: Only holds one DVD! Wish it held more! Still great though!

    Decent but old..

    Fred from Bourbon, IN on 6/23/2013

    Purchased this so I could play dvds for the kids on long trips. Wish I didn't.... And I can say that I "was" a kenwood fan, this deck ruined that.

    Pros: Easy to install if you know what your doing. Easy to setup and use All the inputs/outputs anyone would ever need

    Cons: Instruction manual is so complicated it has instructions on how to read it... ? Install manual is not complete, if you don't know what a wire is, DONT hook it up Ugly interface, screen open or closed it looks like its a 50$ piece of junk from the early 90s Almost no iphone compatibility, works ok with ipod. Too many more to list here.

    Kvt-516 in 1996 F250HD

    Cushxr from Brighton, mi on 5/28/2013

    Nice but very expensive & becoming dated.

    Pros: Controls and plays music & movies from my iphone 4. Displays iTunes album art. Flexible audio adjustments. Appears well built. Crutchfield install accesories make for very nice installation. Good audio fidelity. Multi zone control.

    Cons: Clunky iphone interface. Uses iphone analog out instead of digital stream. No iphone 5 cable. Requires special hard to find iphone 4 cable (not simple usb cable). Too expensive considering that bluetooth & HD radio, are expensive add ons. No built in crossover for component speakers. No front usb port. No front display when closed. Much wasted screen space & clunky looking touch graphics. IPhon album art is tiny on screen.

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    KIPP527 from MANCHESTER, MO on 12/29/2012

    2003 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Info on it was ambiguous, little disappointed...

    Matt from Seattle, WA 98103 on 8/14/2012

    Overall a nice receiver with a ton of options..

    Pros: A million options

    Cons: Says iPhone support... But after getting it installed, found out it doesn't really support the iPhone 4 and 4s. Nor do I hear of any plans to. Considering how popular these phones are, and the unit is still be sold new in many places (with no successor model), it really is a shame.. No app streaming video will show on the display. YouTube, etc. only stuff in itunes on the phone... Also, the menu system is pretty hard to get used to.. Not very intuitive.

    My second kenwood DVD receiver

    WAN from Raleigh,NC on 4/12/2012

    2003 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well i have only had the receiver hooked up in my car for two days so far. I definitely do not like the fact that i am not able to view dvds while driving. That's one of the main reasons i bought this unit. If you just start testing out some of the icons on the screen it is fairly easy to navigate and i do enjoy the different screen angles which should fit just about anyone's preference. I guess i need to read the manual that i printed out since it wasn't included(refurbished item) to figure out how to set the radio stations. Only one complaint with the unit and that is that when closed i wish there was at least a little small display that indicated the time.

    Pros: big screen easy of navigation through different features motorized screen kenwood brand!

    Cons: dvd "park" feature to view dvds no clock when screen closed.

    Finally, Expectations Exceeded!

    Mark from Sellersville, PA on 4/8/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    1.) Excellent customer service - replaced a Clarion NZ500 that was cutting out the R channel among other things - Crutchfield gave me full credit honoring the 1 year warranty and I had this unit for 1 year almost to the day. 2.) Not going to waste time or words bashing the Clarion - however, Crutchfield does not carry the NZ 500, nor its newer version the NZ501 - so you was nice in concept, BT and NAV built in, Ipod Sirius ready, etc. ok sound 3.) The KVT-516 now let's me hear what I've been missing! The head unit has more power than the Clarion (installed in a 2006 Jeep Liberty with the Infinity sound system, so i did not add an amp as this system has amps integrated in the front speakers). The power is clean & the equalizer options are plentiful and have allowed me to customize the sound to my ear. 4.) I was able to utilize the Sirius tuner and Axxess steering wheel controls I had from the Clarion installation 5.) I had to add the separate modules to gain back NAV and BT (KCA-BT300 and KNA-G610) 6.) Ipod cable (KCA-IP302) and HU interface works smoothly with my Ipod Nanos (2 gen and 4th gen) 7.) I can finally see this LCD screen even in direct sunlight - a major issue with the Clarion 8.) can set LCD screen angle & how far out it deploys from the dash - nice to be able to adjust this to fit the contour of the dash & viewing angle 9.) best feature - automatically open when the car is turned on & automatically close when the car is turned off

    Pros: HU power, NAV and BT modules work flawlessly. Sirius tuner and Axxess SWC work seamlessly. Ipod interface is top-notch. Auto turn on and off, seeing the screen in bright daylight and direct sunlight. Crutchfield Tech support - as usual - top notch - when I had wiring harness questions. They make it easy!

    Cons: Total expense with add-on modules (shop around for best price on these). Also, be aware that with these modules, the Sirius tuner, the Axxess SWC - you need lots of room behind the dash to mount these - panel below jeep steering wheel worked great for this for me - so plan your install before you begin wiring.

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    kmwa from warsaw,in on 8/11/2011

    1999 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    at this time a really nice piece of equipment,great sound and for being refurbished you can not tell.the features are awesome,yes i would buy this again from crutchfield,it comes with the harness and all the accesories.A++++++++++



    Spectacular HU

    Chappy from Brownsburg, IN on 6/22/2011

    2006 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this unit in my wife's `06 Jeep Liberty last weekend and, wow. This thing is incredibly impressive. The touchscreen is very responsive, the menus move quickly, and the ability to expand with nav, sat radio, steering wheel controls, etc. makes this head unit worth every penny. Couldn't be happier.



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    micheal w. from joliet, il on 5/17/2011

    i was a pioneer radio guy until i got this kenwood installed today.. alll i can say right now is Wow!!



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    Anonymous from Sunnyvale, CA on 3/28/2011

    2007 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    satisfied, i would recommend it:)




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input 1
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control USB MSC protocol
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3
    Touch Touch1
    iPhone Phone
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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 2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Red or Green + Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    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 turned off.

    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 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.

    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 menus.

    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.

    Audio Section

    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 converter.

    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 2-channel.

    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.

    Radio Functions

    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 number 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 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.
    • 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 (

    External Tuner Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit's KAB port.

    Disc Playback

    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 counter-clockwise.

    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/iPod Connectivity

    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 (113KCiP302, 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 Album Art.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    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
    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.

    AV Connections

    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 (113CMOS200, 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 output.

    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/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300, 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 compatible. Visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV330 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV330, 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 Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    4 questions already asked

    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg  Jun 05, 2014 ]  Staff
    Just one and it on 2.0 speed [ ERWIN  Feb 24, 2014 ]
    Sorry Casey, I've never tried without remote, [ DAN  Feb 16, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 08, 2014 ]  Staff