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Kenwood Excelon DNN992

Navigation receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood Excelon DNN992

It's a connected world we live in, so it makes sense that you should be able to access your media library wherever you go — even from your car. The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 navigation receiver offers easy-to-use access to a wealth of information and entertainment sources in addition to great guidance, stellar sound, and more features than you can shake a stick at. You'll also have Kenwood Excelon extras like 5-volt preamp outputs at your disposal.

Kenwood's flagship navigation receiver keeps you connected

It's a connected world we live in, so it makes sense that you should be able to access your media library wherever you go — even from your car. The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 navigation receiver offers easy-to-use access to a wealth of information and entertainment sources in addition to great guidance, stellar sound, and more features than you can shake a stick at. You'll also have Kenwood Excelon extras like 5-volt preamp outputs at your disposal.

Enjoy the convenience of Wi-Fi on the go

The DNN992 connects with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with a 4G LTE USB dongle, tethered smartphone, or a mobile hotspot device. You'll need to set up an account with Kenwood's online server through your computer, tablet, or smartphone first. Once you're linked, you can dial up web-based content and your own digital songs and videos from various sources, including your phone's apps, your social media feeds, and music you've stored online. You can sync your account with any number of web-based services you use, and then enjoy them through the receiver as long as you're connected.

And you can even use your voice to do a cross-platform search for music. Simply say the name of an artist, and the receiver will search across all your connected sources (such as a thumb drive, iPod®, or your cloud-based music account) for what's available, saving you the hassle of looking through your devices for that one special song.

You can add up to four accounts for other drivers, and your Kenwood receiver will remember each user's preferences and content. Since your car's linked to a central server, Kenwood can help the police locate your car if it's been stolen, as long as the power is on. A 2-year subscription is included with your purchase, and you'll pay a $60 fee for another two years after the subscription ends.

Kenwood Excelon DNN992 navigation receiver

Keep up with your social media feeds through the Kenwood Excelon DNN992.

Seamless smartphone integration

Kenwood lets you incorporate your favorite smartphone music apps into your drive. Here are some highlights for the DNN992:

  • iPhone®: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio and iHeartRadio apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. Limited control over your music apps is also available via wireless Bluetooth connection. The DNN992 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 and iHeartRadio apps through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. The Kenwood Music Control app also gives you easy search and playback functions of your Android phone's music through the receiver.

The DNN992 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.

Bluetooth with aptX®

If your phone supports Bluetooth with aptX, you'll be able to take advantage of the increased sonic fidelity by streaming your music files to the DNN992. aptX even makes your iPhone's AAC files purchased through iTunes sound more like CDs. 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.

Miracast™ compatibility

Miracast technology allows the DNN992 to "mirror" the screen of select Android and Windows® phones and tablets right on the receiver's display. You can stream videos and other content from your phone to the receiver when parked for pit-stop entertainment. Miracast works via Wi-Fi wireless communication, so you'll need to use the same Wi-Fi source that's powering the stereo's other connected features.

Hands-free communication with your voice

With advanced speech recognition software on board, the DNN992 can read your incoming text messages, emails, and social media updates aloud when you're connected to the server, so you don't have to take your eyes off the road when someone's trying to get in touch. Want to reply safely? The Kenwood's speech-to-text capability lets you send an answer back with your voice, which is then translated into text by the receiver. You can also switch media sources, change songs, and pull up different apps just by speaking.

Preloaded apps to keep you entertained

Nobody wants to miss something important on their social networks when they're driving. Kenwood lets you tap into certain apps through the receiver when you're connected to the server. You can pull up Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and Google Calendar, and have updates and reminders read aloud to you. If you're looking for great music on the go, you can search for tunes on AUPEO! and iHeartRadio, then have the audio accompanying your road trip within seconds.

Kenwood Excelon DNN992 navigation receiver

Garmin guidance will keep you on the right track.

Guidance by Garmin, plus timely traffic reports

Hate getting lost? The navigation experts at Garmin have you covered with built-in maps of the entire U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. You'll also have millions of points of interest to investigate along the way to your destination — you can even pull up the details of each one just by touching it on the map screen. You'll also get reliable routing, with text-to-speech voice prompts that announce actual street names at turns, lane assistance, 3D representations of buildings and landmarks, and realistic views of complicated intersections.

The DNN992 features a built-in traffic receiver with reports by HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ), and it can also tap into real-time traffic reports from INRIX when connected to the server, so you can see congestion along your route and find a way around it from the driver's seat. INRIX also provides updated area fuel prices, movie times, and available parking spots at pay lots, plus real-time photos from nearby traffic cameras, right on the receiver's screen. You'll get a 2-year subscription to INRIX reports, free with your purchase.

Easy route transfer from your devices

You can map a route of your next journey and send it automatically to the DNN992, so it's ready for you when you hit the road. And if you don't have time for that, you can just email the destination location right to the receiver. And if you've got friends and family who are registered on a DNN device, you can even send your coordinates to them so they can start receiving directions to pick you up as soon as they get into the car. You can save up to ten custom routes, and you won't need the Internet on the road to access them once they've been loaded to the receiver. You can even have the receiver send navigation map data to the Kenwood Server for future reference.

Fingertip control through a beautiful large screen

The DNN992's 6.95" screen employs capacitive touch technology similiar to that found in most smartphones and tablets, allowing you to pinch-to-zoom and swipe the display for convenient control. You'll be able to magnify maps, quickly move between sources, and intuitively navigate the various menu screens with familiar finger motions. As an added bonus, the LED-backlit screen's brighter, sharper, and much more responsive than standard touch displays. You can position the screen right where you want it using the motorized reverse-tilt and angle-adjust functions.

All your info at once

Kenwood improved the DNN992's usability over older models by adding split-screen capability to the receiver's 6.95" display. You can now enjoy navigation info and one other source — such as music — on the same screen. You'll be able to change the audio source without losing sight of your maps, for stress-free driving. Got a family photo you want to keep close? The DNN992 can have it occupy half the screen while the Garmin maps guide you on the other half.

Works great with old- and new-school media

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including lossless FLAC 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.

When you're parked, you can enjoy movies from DVDs or other video sources on the receiver's display. If you've got rear-seat or overhead monitors, your passengers can check out video content on them, and dual-zone output lets you listen to the radio or another non-disc audio source up front at the same time.

HD Radio

Built-in HD Radio tuner

The DNN992 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.

A treat for your ears

Kenwood's Drive EQ+ technology boosts certain frequencies that are easily masked by wind and tires rolling on asphalt. It also enhances your music's bottom end as your speed increases, so you can really feel those tunes as you drive. You can also tweak the sound to your ears' content with a 13-band graphic equalizer and other soundshaping tools at your disposal.

Room to expand

You can also connect up two cameras, so you can see more of what's around your vehicle when getting in and out of tight spots. The DNN992 adds adjustable parking lines for the rear-camera feed, to help guide you. If you're looking to add subs and amps, you can take advantage of three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs.

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.

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.

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.

What's in the Box:

  • Refurbished network/navigation receiver with built-in 6.95" monitor (10A fuse)
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • 2 Trim rings
  • Wiring harness
  • Reverse/Brake harness
  • AV/Camera input harness
  • USB/WiFi dongle (installed)
  • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
  • Self-adhesive base
  • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Voice-control switch (attached 9.75' cord terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
  • Remote control (KNA-RCDV331)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 Radio removal tools
  • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
  • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Self-adhesive strips
  • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • USB WiFi Adapter Instruction Manual
  • Warranty card
  • Software License Agreement
  • "Correction" note

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.95" capacitive 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 Wi-Fi adapter for access to Kenwood Server and connected features (see "Connected Features")
    • built-in Bluetooth with aptX for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 48kHz/16-bit) from your flash drive or memory card
    • motorized screen with variable illumination color for keys
    • remote control
    Connected Features (subscription required):
    • built-in streaming audio apps including AUPEO! and iHeartRadio
    • access to Gmail, Google Calendar, web browser, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds
    • speech recognition: text-to-speech and speech-to-text for email, calendar, and social media updates
    • cross-platform music search with voice recognition
    • access to cloud-based media from personal digital locker account
    • online trip planning and trip log
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod,iPhone, and iPad control (see Details for model compatibility)
      • Pandora app control via Kenwood KCPA-IP102 cable, Apple dock connector cable, or Apple Lightning cable (limited control available via Bluetooth connection)
      • Kenwood KCA-IP202 cable required for full access to audio/video content from older Apple devices
      • Kenwood KCA-HD100 and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter required for viewing video content from Lightning devices
      • Siri Eyes Free control with iPhone 4s and newer
    • built-in Android control
      • Pandora app control via Bluetooth connection
      • Kenwood Music Control app control via USB connection
      • Kenwood KCA-MH100 or KCA-HD100 cable required for viewing video content from compatible Android devices
      • compatible with Miracast wireless mirroring technology for select Android and Windows devices (optional Wi-Fi dongle required)
    Navigation Features:
    • built-in Garmin navigation system with split-screen display/picture-in-picture capability
    • maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus millions of points of interest
    • built-in HERE traffic receiver
    • INRIX traffic and other updates when connected
    • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
    • lane assistance, junction view, and 3D buildings and terrain
    • search bar with predictive text
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Drive EQ+ boosts low end and other frequencies to overcome road noise
    • 13-band graphic EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • digital time alignment, space enhancer, sound realizer, sound elevation, bass boost, and loudness
    • dual-zone A/V output
    • photo viewer
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: HDMI input, two rear USB inputs, 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:
    • microSD card input for map updates
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 90 days
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Reviews

    Kenwood Excelon DNN992 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (15 Reviews)

    To much social bling for me

    Lance from Hoquiam, WA on 4/6/2017

    2005 Porsche Cayenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overkill for what I want, Nav is good, sound is good, user interface is distracting, but with practice it will be easier. Play with it in your driveway, a lot! before trying to do any of the complicated operations:-)

    Pros: Good Audio and navigation

    Cons: Needs a co-pilot to operate safely while moving

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    Chris from Winston Salem, NC on 3/14/2017

    2009 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great minus a small chip on the fron of the unit but it works great sounds better love

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    Terrible Head Unit

    Ray from Chicago il on 1/16/2017

    Do Not Boy This Product!! I bought this head unit a year ago, not one, not two, but three times this head unit has had a fault so to its own problems!! Only spend your money on this if your willing to have many headache and like talking to Crutchfield customer service!! Terrible head unit!!

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    Crutchfield response on January 19, 2017 Ray contacted us and exchanged for another head unit. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

    Junk stereo unit

    Mike from Beaverton, Or on 11/10/2016

    2006 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Liked it, for the very short time it worked. Basically almost a grand with the add one to have a useless brick in my dash. Kenwood denys there is a software problem but the forums say different. Huge waste of $$$. Don't buy the refurbished one due to the way to short warranty that you will definitely need if you buy this unit. No more Kenwoods for me and since it is past the 60 days, no help from Crutchfield either.

    Pros: None

    Cons: It bricked itself in 6 months. Kenwood wants big bucks to fix. Past Crutchfield return policy time so no help there.

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    Joseph from Pompano Beach, FL on 8/19/2016

    2006 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Every time you power it up, it will prompt you to logon. Logon! I want the machine to power on, play music and show me a map, but it will do neither of these until you hit a button to say that you don't want to logon. To enable the logon feature to be automatic, you have to set up a user account on a website (route-collector) and then arrange for the radio to get internet access, which it can do, but it can't seem to decide if it wants to be a wifi access point, or a device on some other network. At this point, I put the machine back in the box and mailed it back to Crutchfield. On the plus, the map when you actually convinced the machine to power up was actually well done. I purchased this unit to replace a different JVC/Kenwood unit that I had for 6 years, which was excellent. This one in the modern era is ... not good. Steer away.

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    Not impressed!

    Gus from Saugerties, NY on 6/20/2016

    2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received the head unit and installed it. First thing was the radio froze and the sreen went blank several times during the initial power up. I waiting 10 minutes and would recycle the ignition. After quite a few time of this it finally brought up the setup menus. It worked fine and the maestro and sirius tuners all worked as they should for about a week and the issues started. It would freeze when when starting the truck, at least 4-6 times in the last week. It would require a recycle of the ignition to allow me to select anything and to play music. I also noticed dust has began to build up behind the touchscreen glass and you cant get to it to remove. It also seemed like the max volume level is low. I tried the offset settings and equalizer but cant get the max volume up enough and you cant hear anything until your at 18 out of a possible 35. My other gripe is for as much as this unit costs I would think it could start up. have music playing, and have the icons up and ready to select quicker than 38+ seconds. You litarally can start the truck, put it in gear and drive a 1/4 mile before it is done thinking and produces sound. Not to mention it has a 3-5 second delay before your touch selection even comes up. So this was a refurbished unit that may have been doomed from the get go. But leaves doubt on the quality of Kenwood repairs. Now I'm returning it and shelling out more $$ to get a "brand new one" as they are out of the refurbed ones....regretting this purchase.

    Pros: Screen size, icon size, sound quality

    Cons: Unreliable, slow, screen not sealed well, glare washing out screen, Volume seems low even with premium speakers no matter the settings tried, and touch sensativity varies on different areas of the screen.

    Kenwood Excelon DNN992

    Anonymous from Deer lodge Montana on 6/20/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product.

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    Cons:

    A good deck with lots of features, but...

    El Mystico from Seattle, WA on 6/15/2016

    2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted this deck to be more useful than it seems. The install was mostly straightforward, using the proper accessories and after reading the instructions several times. I could never get the backup camera to work right, despite triple-checking the wiring. Ultimately, I returned this refurbished head unit because the wifi didn't work reliably, and neither Crutchfield's excellent support folks nor Kenwood's could help me troubleshoot the issue. The deck angle is nice, but really needs to angle toward the driver as well to avoid glare. Bootup is slow. What good is a tap into the backup camera view if you have backed out of your parking spot long before the head unit starts up? Also, Kenwood needs to make the home page more customizable. I am hopeful that the new Kenwood head units being released soon for 2016 are faster to start up.

    Pros: Touch screen, lots of inputs, wifi

    Cons: Face does not rotate toward driver, bootup is very slow, home screen is not easily customizable, wifi was useful but stopped working after a while.

    Nice look!

    Tom from Fayetteville,NC on 6/10/2016

    2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice looking unit with adjustable angle face. Looks factory with replacement dash panel I found online from another retailer. Functions well if just a bit slow booting up. Great functionality and awesome sound. Very pleased with this purchase.

    Pros: -Great look and sound -Multiple features -Adjustable face angle -Great tech support

    Cons: -Slow booting up -Installation a bit laborsome

    Painfully slow

    Jjay from Cranford, NJ on 4/18/2016

    I have had the same experience as others. The unit takes one minute twenty seconds on my stopwatch to display a map. About forty five seconds to play music. Switching functions takes six seconds. I have to warn anyone driving the car to not get distracted due to the unit delay. My other car's Pioneer unit is six times faster. I would never buy this if I had been warned.

    Pros: Very good sound. Large Garmin data base for points of interest.

    Cons: Horribly, dangerously slow.

    Disappointing

    Kory from Charlotte, NC on 4/15/2016

    2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After having owned this unit for about 5 months now, I can easily say that I'm disappointed in this purchase. While I am in no way a car audio expert (this is actually my first installation ever), this unit seems to fail to hit the mark. Below are some issues that have bothered me: -When starting my car, the time from when the car starts and music starts playing (using an attached usb drive) can easily be measured in minutes. I can usually drive almost entirely out of my neighborhood before music begins playing. Although using bluetooth is much quicker at playing music (only if you start playing through your device before you reach the specific menu on the unit). -This unit takes a significant time to startup when first starting your car before anything can be done. -Sometimes the screen is entirely unresponsive. The only way I've been able to get the screen to respond when this happens is to hit the "eject" button for the cd player then allow the unit to slide back into position. After this, the unit usually responds normally again. Although I have had to turn my car off/on at a red light for the system to return to responding as normal. -Although this may be fairly common, sometimes the glare on bright days can be so bad as you cannot discern anything displayed on screen. -The options and layout when playing music on an attached USB drive feels a little lackluster as well.

    Pros: On it's good days, it does seem to work fairly well at playing music, either from bluetooth or through an attached usb drive. The device also does look attractive (aside from what can be a pretty bad glare on the screen if sunny).

    Cons: My cons are listed in the review section. The slow starts, system locking up, sluggish feel to menus, etc. just can't allow me to recommend this to anyone. It has options to do a ton of stuff from facebook to twitter but it can't seem to handle basic things like responding to screen inputs and feeling "snappy".

    Great Head Unit UPGRADE

    Josh D from Glendale, AZ on 4/12/2016

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had this installed for a few days now but the overall stereo is AWESOME. I purchased a refurbished unit and so for seems to be working flawlessly. There are so many features don't know where to start. Installation, I knew was going to be more difficult than a standard install. The '02 chevy's didn't have a Double Din opening. either way installation wasn't to bad, just a matter of finding room for all the pigtails and Sirius XM box and GPS antenna. Picture quality is very nice as well. overall responsiveness is good. Haven't used the GPS feature yet though. So far Very pleased and plan on purchasing another one of these for the wifes late model Tahoe LTZ

    Pros: Tons of features, Great sound Quality, tons of adjustments. Crutchfields tech line was easy to use as well for the 2 small installation questions/suggestions i needed answered.

    Cons: minor... didn't come w/ side mounting screws for the installation kit. I had some M5 screws from another store bought put together furniture so no big deal.

    IF I ever get this to do everything it's supposed to .......

    Expedition Driver from Denver on 4/1/2016

    2010 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood site for this model is impressive. Maybe too much so. Not everything will work in every vehicle, I get that. However there are plenty of basic functions that it's still not configured correctly to do in my Ford. For me Bluetooth is essential for hands-free use while driving. In some states that's mandatory. In 2016 you'd think that would be an easy configuration. It would not accept the "Voice" function from my steering wheel so I had to use the Kenwood button and glue it to my dash. After doing so the voice asks me for a prompt, but doesn't hear it's own Kenwood microphone. The micrphone works for phone calls, and the speakers work for the phone but no NAV? Adapting my steering wheel controls with the iDatalink Maestro should have had more options. for example, I can only go up by channel numbers, not run through my preset list. This applies to XM and HD Radio settings. Same with the media, I'd like to switch between XM and iPOD, without having to scroll through 2 video inputs, AM, FM1, FM2, two USB inputs, Pandora, Aha radio, you get the idea....Why do I need to scroll through a dozen apps to use two functions (yes I deleted them from the screen, yet they are present for "next media") There is a STEEP learning curve (and I'm a real gadget-geek) to establish all the settings. I've had it for a week now, and I'm still working on it, a few hours each night. Lots of errors and lots of rebooting. Eventually it'll be an amazing gadget, way beyond a great car

    Pros: What it is capable of doing

    Cons: How had it is to install (wiring) OEM adapters and compatibility, and the learning curve to operate

    Awesone Unit

    Player from chattanooga, TN on 3/23/2016

    Great unit install service took for ever because they where testing an playing with the unit!! They where blown away how high tech it is an how system is design for vehicle with the maestro da-link! Unit does everything advertised an more!!

    Pros: Just all out awesome

    Cons: Loading time from ignition start to playing takes about 30sec but worth the wait.

    Worked ok...until it stopped working altogether

    Derek S. from Green Bay, WI on 2/1/2016

    2006 GMC Envoy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Some history: I purchased a Kenwood DNX9960 from Crutchfield in 2010 at a deeply discounted price. That unit has served me well over the years. It still works today. It will occasionally freeze which requires a reboot but it ALWAYS starts back up fine. I bought the DNN992 from Crutchfield refurbished as well, and also at a steep discount. I always thought the DNX9960 booted up slow. This unit was horribly slow. Dealing with that every time you start it up was really annoying. I got used to it, but never really liked it. My advice to Kenwood is that the user should be able to disable some of the features like wifi or gps in the boot up phase (if desired) in order to increase boot up speed. From initial on to being able to listen to music on a usb drive has got to be over a minute. My DNX9960 is about 20 seconds or slow. But it'is a huge difference. I think the difference between resistive touch and capactive touch is overblown. The resistive is nice because it isn't so glossy in the sun and perfectly nice at night. Don't get me wrong, the glossy display is nice on this unit, but not really a game changer if you ask me. I really liked being able to pause live satellite radio - I couldn't do that on my DNX9960. On about day 50 of my 60 day warranty period, the unit wouldn't boot up. I called Crutchfield and they offered a full refund. I'm now either getting a DNX892 or waiting for the DNX893S. The DNX9960 is back in my truck for now..

    Pros: display is nice, bright, and shiny (glossy) ability to pause live satellite radio

    Cons: painfully slow boot up time not as fast as I thought it would be once it is booted up kind of glitchy at times the capacative touch screen is a bit overrated if you ask me - the only time you can pinch and zoom is while on the map (as far as I could tell at least)

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear), RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input HDMI (rear), RCA (rear), Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6S+6S/6+/6/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 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
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Touchscreen/Voice/Remote Control
    Onboard Navigation
    Network Functions
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPhone & Android Integration
    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    Audio Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Touchscreen/Voice/Remote Control

    Motorized Capacitive Touchscreen (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood DNN992 features a motorized 6.95" widescreen (16:9) capacitive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The new capacitive touchscreen provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display images, vivid text, and superior pinch and zoom operation. This unit has touchscreen controls with easy-to-identify icons, making menu navigation easy. You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left. You can also pinch and spread your fingers across the screen to zoom in and out of the map screen. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The bottom of the touchscreen monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).

    • Aspect Ratio + Picture Adjustment: You can change the aspect ratio for video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal). You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
    • Custom Background Images + Shortcuts: You can download a still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive or microSD card. You can also choose between 3 preset wallpapers (skins). In addition, you can register sources and applications you use frequently so that you can access them more quickly.
    • 4-Panel Home Screen Menu: The unit's Home Screen Menu consists of four panels which you can swipe left or right to access. The "Source" panel provides source selection of Navigation, Disc, Telephone, HD Radio, iPod, or USB/SD. The "Network" panel lets you access entertainment apps, web/AV browser, RSS feeds, weather, and social media apps. The "Social" panel displays the date & time, along with access to your Facebook, Twitter, and Email accounts. The "Standby" panel display the preset or custom background image.
    • Clock Display: The navigation receiver offers a 12-hour clock which is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "Standby" mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.
    • Split Screen AV Control: The DNN992's screen views can be easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens, with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view camera) simultaneously.
    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view the head unit's menu screens, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the navigation on-screen map. Entering log-in information requires that the parking brake is engaged.

    Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 has a start up time of approximately 37.3 seconds from Off to the Home Menu Screen. Once the Home Menu screen appears, you can select the Navigation Map, a connected source, or network app by simply tapping the appropriate icon on the head unit's touchscreen.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination, as well as display background color from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Kenwood logo remains red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Advanced Speech Recognition (Voice Control): The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 is equipped with an Automatic Speech Recognition function which allows you to operate certain functions of this unit and connected devices with your voice, using the supplied external microphone and external "talk" button. The Advanced Speech Recognition and Voice Control feature of the DN992 allows for voice-controlled operation of the built-in Garmin navigation system and utilizes features such as input of addresses, phone numbers, POIs, and choosing menu options. The voice control system also operates the unit's audio/video system, allowing you to switch between multiple sources, seek out music and video files, access station presets, and access your Bluetooth phone's phonebook and make calls. Many of the network apps such as Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, YouTube, and AUEPO! support voice recognition. Simply press and hold the "talk" button to display a list of operable voice commands.

    Note: The supported languages are US English, UK English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. Click here to access the unit's Voice Command Table.

    Remote Control: The Kenwood DNN992 comes with an IR wireless remote control and offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) for added convenience.

    • Remote Control: The included IR remote control (KNA-RCDV331) is designed for wireless operation of this Kenwood navigation receiver. 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. The remote operates Audio, Video, Navigation, and Bluetooth functions.
    • Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DNN992 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 DNN992 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin & HERE Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation software and map data, the Kenwood DNN992 features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.

    Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNN992 will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via SD/SDHC memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood DNN992 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 9.7 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to California. It only took 7.1 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to Maryland. These tests were done inside the Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Head Quarters. Results will vary based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.

    On-Screen Map: The Kenwood DNN992 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 DNN992 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; including 3D landmarks & buildings).
    • Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station wagon, sports car, compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
    • Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.

    Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers, only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting the main volume. The unit offers English, French, and Spanish voice prompts.

    Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNN992 will mute the music source, when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.

    Lane Assist w/ Junction View: Lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. As you navigate your route, the unit will provide detailed diagrams of the proper lane to travel when maneuvering a complex interchange. The Junction View page will display what the actual approaching junction looks like, and arrows indicating the lane in which you should be driving. Bird's Eye Junction View helps the driver navigate challenging interchanges using a split-screen view by keeping the map visible while the bird's eye junction view is being displayed.

    Exit Services + Speed Limit Icon: The Exit Services function lets you search roadway exits for food, lodging, and rest areas so you are never left guessing what is around the bend. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature. A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.

    Destination & Location Screens: The DNN992 offers a variety of destination/location screens & functions to help you along your route. Predictive text is generated based on the first letters entered.

    • 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 DNN992 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.
      • Smart POIs: 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. You can even display the details of a POI just by touching it on the on-screen map.
      • 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.
      • Coordinates Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
      • Search Bar + Shortcuts: You can use the Search Bar to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city name. In addition, you can add up to 36 shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location, a category, or a search tool.
    • Where I've Been/Trip Log: The "Where I've Been" application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.

    Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.

    Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNN992 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.

    Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.

    Trends: The DNN992 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 DNN992 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.

    Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving when the vehicle's parking brake is disengaged.  You will need to engage the vehicle's parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.

    Travel Tools: The DNN992 offers tools you can use as you travel. The World Clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness. The Unit Converter helps you convert distance, speed, area, currency, temperature, volume, and weight. A Calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

    Network Functions

    WiFi Hotspot: The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 offers built-in WiFi to connect to your WiFi-enabled smartphone (iPhone/Android/etc.) or mobile hotspot (data charges may apply), so you can access the Internet and enhance the receiver's mobile navigation, get content across multiple media sources, receive and send Facebook/Twitter updates, as well as manage e-mail hands-free from the head unit. Plus, you can share audio/video content on other WiFi-enabled devices through the Kenwood receiver. Your WiFi-enabled smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 4G, 3G, LTE, or EDGE. The unit is also designed to work with Verizon's 4G/3G Dongle (sold separately), so you can connect to the Internet without a smartphone or other mobile hotspot.

    Note: The DNN992 includes a WiFi receiver which is pre-installed in the unit's third rear-panel USB port. This USB port cannot be used for anything else.

    Route Collector: To use internet services via the DNN992, you will need to create an account via Kenwood's Route Collector Site. The Route Collector website can be accessed from your computer or laptop using Chrome20+ or Firefox16+. A Route Collector App is also available for Apple iOS (7.0+) devices from Apple's App Store. Route Collector is a web service site where you can store and share your trip log, route, and photos taken while traveling on your home computer or smartphone app.

    • Route Planner: You can plan out and customize a route from your computer or smartphone app, and then send the customized route to the DNN992 when you are ready to leave for your trip.
    • Come Here: When you go to pick up your family or friends, send them and email to decide the meeting point. After they enter the meeting point, you can easily set it as the destination of the navigation receiver.
    • Trip Log: You are able to upload and review your information such as music, video, twitter, and GPS log during your trip. This information can be uploaded to the Kenwood Server and reviewed via the Route Collector website on your computer or smartphone app.
    • Tracking: The Tracking function is a handy feature that can be used to track the location of your vehicle. You'll need to upload the initial location of your vehicle to the Route Collector site.
    • Photo Album: You can take pictures along the route, create an album after your return from your trip, and share your album with friends and family on your computer or smartphone app.
    Note: Up to four Route Collector accounts can be added for other drivers, with their unique travel and entertainment preferences and content stored by the Kenwood cloud server.

    INRIX Traffic: While in the navigation mode, the DNN992 pulls real-time data services from the INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform (fees may apply) to provide you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, speed camera, and travel advisory information. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for in-vehicle navigation. These enhancements to the DNN992's built-in Garmin navigation provide an accurate, intuitive, and safe navigation experience.

    • Digital Traffic: Traffic information is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle in order to help you navigate around traffic safely and quickly.
    • PhotoLive: Look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions.
    • Dynamic Parking: Find parking close to your destination. See the number of spots available and parking prices.
    • Fuel Prices: Find the best prices for any grade of fuel in your area or on your route.
    • Weather: Displays the updated weather forecast supported by INRIX. You get today's weather forecast and the weather forecast for the next 6 days in your selected region. You can enter a region using the voice recognition function.
    • Movie Times: You can find theaters and showtimes by entering movie titles or theater names.

    Hands-Free Social Media: You are able to sync your Facebook, Twitter, E-mail account, Google Calendar, and RSS Feeds with the DNN992 for hands-free social media interaction. The DNN992 can receive and send messages over Facebook and e-mail, as well as manage Twitter and RSS feeds hands-free via voice command. Advanced speech recognition, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text conversion processing via the dedicated Kenwood cloud server make this possible. A simple intuitive layout allows easy access to your social media.

    • Facebook: Check friends' status updates and post your own messages on Facebook using the head unit's touchscreen or voice recognition.
    • Twitter: Check tweets and post your own tweets on Twitter via touchscreen control or voice recognition.
    • Email: You may check your mail box on G-mail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, etc..
    • Google Calendar: You can display today's schedule registered in your Google Calendar. You can also edit your schedule from the head unit..
    • RSS Feeds: RSS is a web feed format used to publish frequently updated works such as blog entries, news headlines in a standardized format.
    Note: You can create different user accounts to maintain privacy when using email and social media. You can register up to 4 user accounts. User accounts can be assigned as Administrator, Guest, Owner, or User.

    Web & AV Browser: The DNN992 provides an Internet web browser so you can surf the internet and access your favorite websites in your vehicle. You may enter a URL address or keyword search to find websites. The player will archive your web browser history and allows you to bookmark your favorite sites. The Web Browser supports audio, video, and still image playback and is optimized to fill up the unit's touchscreen monitor. The DNN992's AV Browser application lets you browse for streaming video and audio from some of the most popular websites like YouTube, Vevo, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Veoh.

    TTS (Text-to-Speech) + STT (Speech-to-Text): The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 supports Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text for various network applications, letting you keep your eyes on the road. Text-to-Speech is available for Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, RSS Feeds, and Google Calendar. Speech-to-Text is available for Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Mixed Media Search, Weather, YouTube, and AUPEO!.

    Note: User account & log-in information cannot be done through voice recognition, and must be entered using the head unit's touchscreen.

    Cloud Storage (via Dropbox): You can download your music files to Dropbox through Kenwood's Route Collector site and your computer, and then play these same music files through the Kenwood Excelon DNN992 via its "Kenwood Storage" source selection. You can store up to 2GB of music for free (fees apply for larger storage). The unit supports playback of MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, FLAC music files from your Cloud storage (copyrighted content is not supported). You can search your music files by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. To narrow the search even more, you can search the selected category alphabetically (A-Z). Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Random/Repeat) are also supported.

    Entertainment Apps: The Kenwood Excelon DNN992 includes pre-installed entertainment apps which allows you to enjoy videos and music from various online music services such as YouTube, Aupeo!, and iHeartRadio.

    • YouTube: You can play videos uploaded to YouTube. You can search YouTube video content by Keywords, Categories, or your Favorites. Searches can be done through the unit's touchscreen controls or voice recognition function. You are able to control basic video playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Fast Forward/Rewind. Your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to watch YouTube videos.
    • Aupeo!: You can listen to music from the online radio service, Aupeo!. With Aupeo! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the internet. Aupeo! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, Aupeo! offers over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use the one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
    • iHeartRadio: The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The DNN992 will provide control over the iHeartRadio music service, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. You can search stations by My Stations, Recently Played, Stations Near You, Stations by Location, Music & Entertainment Genres, Talk Radio, and Featured Artists.
    Note: You can continue to listen to the Aupeo! or iHeartRadio music app while you access your Facebook, Twitter, or email accounts, as well as view the navigation map or activate menu settings.

    Kenwood Wireless Link: The DNN992's WiFi hotspot capability allows it to act as a Media Server and Media Player in the car. The Media Server function allows you to stream audio/video content from its connected USB device or inserted microSD card to another network media player, such as your Android smartphone or tablet. The Media Player functions allows the DNN992 to receive and play audio/video content stored in another media server device, such as your Android smartphone or tablet. MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, and FLAC audio files are supported. MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, and WMV video files are supported.

    Mixed Media Search: As an entertainment device, the DNN992 can perform a cross-platform media search for audio content stored on your WiFi-connected smartphone, connected USB device, inserted microSD card, Cloud "Dropbox" storage. You can search for content by artist or album name. Enter your search using the head unit's touchscreen keypad or voice commands.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood DNN992 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (3.0+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood DNN992. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DNN992 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the DNN992 provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DNN992 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately (0-99 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DNN992, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 30 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 3 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DNN992. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 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 (w/ aptX): The Kenwood DNN992 supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC or aptX lossless music streaming.

    • Stored Music & Music Apps: You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood DNN992 for playback.
    • AAC & aptX Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DNN992 offers support for AAC and aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android devices. By supporting AAC, the DNN992 offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.
    • Basic Playback Control: You can use the front-panel controls of the DNN992 to operate basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music & music apps; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat (not compatible with all apps). Advanced music control of your stored music and music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DNN992 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE/TEL" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the DNN992 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 DNN992; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    iPhone & Android Integration

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The Kenwood DNN992 supports direct connection of your Lightning or 30-pin iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input or HDMI input. The DNN992 offers audio/video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models (video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park).

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the Kenwood DNN992. Using Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod video cable (113KCIP202, sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies and video apps (like Netflix) on your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood DNN992. If you only desire audio playback, you can use Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DNN992.
    • 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 DNN992 for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Kenwood DVD receiver. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the Kenwood DNN992, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (all sold separately) - this type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing.
    Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.

    iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Kenwood DNN992 supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, or Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, Rented Movie, or iTunesU. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order). You can even search your iPod's music library by Album Art and create a Favorite List, which contains an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums. In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer. The head unit also supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and  Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen, as well access music and video apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DNN992 will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. Pandora and iHeart Radio will also display metadata information. Other music apps will only display song/artist information in Apps mode.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apps Mode for iPhone & Android (via HDMI): You can listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your Lightning-connector iPhone (iOS 7+) or MHL-enabled Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone, using the head unit's HDMI input and its Apps Mode. The head unit will mirror the display of your mobile device (not always full-screen) when in Apps Mode. Apps Mode also provides basic playback control for your iPhone from the receiver's touchscreen; basic playback functions include Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track. You can even control your Android device from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from the smartphone; this requires that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged (all other Apps mode functionality does not require the parking brake be engaged). Using either a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone, you can also exit App Mode and access Pandora, and iHeartRadio directly from the head unit's touchscreen with advance music navigation and control. In addition, the iPhone lets you access its stored music and video library from the head unit's touchscreen with advance search and playback control when connected via HDMI.

    • iPhone Connectivity: If you have a newer iPhone with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter and Lightning-to-USB cable; if you have an older 30-pin iPhone 4/4S, you'll need a 30-pin digital AV adapter and Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (all sold separately). In addition, for both types of iPhones, you will need a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The Bluetooth connection allows you to control basic playback functions from the head unit.
    • Android Connectivity: The head unit's HDMI port is MHL compatible; this means you can simply connect select MHL-compatible Android smartphones to the  receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as Kenwood's KCA-MH100 cable (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing and installation of the Kenwood Smartphone Control App from Google Play onto your smartphone. The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection is also needed for touchscreen control. Compatible Android smartphones include Samsung Galaxy *S3/S4/S5, Samsung Galaxy Note II/III/IV, Sony Xperia Z/Z1/ZR/ZL, LG Optimusand HTC One Max (all with OS 4.1+). *The listed Samsung phones 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.
    Note: Access to your iPhone and Android smartphone 's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not all Android and Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.

    Waze App (for iPhone & Android): The DNN992 also supports the Waze navigation app (from the App Store & GooglePlay) for Apple iPhone with Lightning connector and Android via HDMI/MHL through the head unit's Apps Mode. You'll be able to view the Waze app from the Kenwood head unit's touchscreen. If you are using an Android smartphone, you can control Waze from the head unit's touchscreen when your vehicle's parking brake is engaged.

    Optional Miracast Dongle (for Android): Miracast is a "screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the display from your compatible Android 4.2+ device (with support for Miracast) to the Kenwood DNN992's touchscreen LCD (requires Kenwood's KCA-WL100 Miracast dongle; sold separately). This allows the Kenwood DNN992 to wirelessly mirror your compatible Android smartphone just like the HDMI hardwire connection. The KCA-WL100 Mircast module plugs directly into the head unit's HDMI input.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DNN992 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/12/2015):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth WiFi Hotspot Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Apps Mode Pandora Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 9.1 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 9.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 9.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N N Y
    5th/6th 9.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 9.1 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 9.1 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    4 9.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    Air 1/2 9.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 1/2/3/4 9.1 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    Note:
    • *Requires Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately).
    • **Requires Apple's 30-pin digital AV adapter, Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately).
    • 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.

    HD+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning 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 DNN992 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 DNN992's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24). Not only does the DVD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
    • Station Info & Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art. In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Pandora App (for iPhone/Android: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DNN992 using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood DNN992 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station or genre list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.

    • iPhone Connectivity: Your Apple iPhone can be connected to the DNN992 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102/KCA-iP103 cable (sold separately), the cable supplied with your iPhone, Bluetooth, or HDMI+Bluetooth.
    • Android Connectivity: Your Android smartphone must be paired via Bluetooth or connected via HDMI+Bluetooth to the Kenwood DNN992.

    Note: Your iPhone or Android smartphone device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood DNN992 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 w/ Category Search + Direct Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category. You can also tune directly to a station or channel by entering the desired frequency or 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
    • Presets + Smart Favorites: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets can be identified as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart & TuneScan.
    • Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content from your six Smart Favorite channels.
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. TuneScan plays the first 10 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
    • Content, Traffic, Weather, & Sports: When a broadcast program related to the registered artist, song, team, or city starts, a message appears to allow you to switch the current channel to the relevant channels. You can also tune in and listen quickly to information pertaining to weather and traffic from a particular city you have specified.
    • 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.

    Disc/SD/USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DNN992's touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood DNN992 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2/DivX video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    • 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.

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood DNN992 features two rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A ports (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by 39" cables) for connection and control of portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DNN992 also supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, MKV, and WMV video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This head unit's USB port does not support newer MTP and AOA enabled Android smartphones including HoneyComb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat, and newer. 

    SD Card Slot: The network/navigation head unit is fitted with a SD card slot hidden behind the unit's motorized touchscreen monitor. The microSD card slot supports both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Flac audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card. The DNN992 also supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, MKV, and WMV video files from an inserted SD/SDHC memory card.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood DNN992 supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc, saved on a SD/SDHC memory card, or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) Flash (USB MSC or SD/SDHC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48 kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps
    DivX: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-1/2/4: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    H.264: 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (8.0Mbps)
    WMV/MKV: 640 x 480 (2. Mbps)
     
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device.

    Highlight Control (DVD Playback): During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD disc menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center activates the source control screen.

    Search Functions (USB & SD/SDHC only): The Kenwood DNN992 offers unique search functions for USB & SD/SDHC playback.

    • Category Search: You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically. 
    • Link Search: Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.
    • Picture Search: The unit will display up to eight thumbnails of still-images to choose from. The selected thumbnail will become a full screen image.
    • Album Artwork: You can search music files by selecting the Album Artwork. You can even create an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums by selecting album artwork.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNN992 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 90dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNN992 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 DNN992 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs: The DNN992 features front, rear and subwoofer 5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes & locations, listening distances, and x-over points.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers. The Front speakers can be set to Door, On Dash, or Under Dash. The Rear speakers can be set to Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front and Rear speakers (including tweeter), as well as your subwoofer. The Front and Rear speakers can be set to OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10". The tweeter can be set to Small, Middle, Large, or None. The Subwoofer can be set to 6.5", 8", 10", 12", or 15"+. Select None if you have no Rear speaker or sub.
    • X'Over: The head unit features independent Front & Rear high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover. The Front & Rear high-pass crossovers and Subwoofer low-pass crossover can be set to 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave (or select Full-Range).
    • Sub Control: You can adjust the subwoofer output's Phase (0° or 180°) and Level (-50to +10dB).
    Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer: The Kenwood DNN992 offers 10 preset EQ curves for easy adjustment, a 13-band EQ for greater customization, and a Drive EQ to overcome road noise.

    • Preset EQ: The DNN992 offers 10 preset EQ curves for easy adjustment. You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ).
    • 13-Band EQ: The User mode's 13-band graphic equalizer consists of 62.5Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz, 10kHz, & 16kHz which can be adjusted from -9 to +9dB.
    • Drive EQ: Drive EQ+ boosts specific frequencies in the audio signal to compensate the negative impact of road noise.The bass is enhanced according to the vehicle speed to compensate for the loss due to noise from the road
    Note: Separate EQ settings and EQ presets are stored for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

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

    • Realizer: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Realizer feature boosts low frequencies which can be lost during compression. Set to Level 1, Level 1, Level 3, or Off.
    • Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
    • Space Enhancer & Elevation: You can set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level. You can also virtually raise the sound position heard from your speakers; the Elevation Level can be set to High, Low, or Off.

    Volume Level & Bass Management: The navigation receiver offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your sources. The DNN992 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 DNN992 features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies. When "Bass DC Extension is turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 13-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Key Beep: The in-dash navigation head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood DNN992 navigation receiver is fitted with two rear-panel audio/video inputs. The AV-1 input consists of a composite video jack and stereo RCA audio jacks for connection of an external AV source, such as TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The AV-2 input consists of a 3.5mm jack for connection of portable mobile device and also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable).

    HDMI/MHL Input: The In addition to Apps mode for iPhone and Android, the head unit's HDMI/MHL input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device.

    Note: You will need to unscrew the HDMI bracket on the back of receiver before plugging in your HDMI cable; the bracket needs to be re-attached once your HDMI cable is connected.

    A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system; you can also route the audio of the the dual zone source to the head unit's rear speakers. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, AV-1, iPod, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor.

    Note: Different sources from iPod/iPhone cannot be set as front and rear sources independently. Only one iPod/iPhone source can be set as front and rear sources. Apps mode and the HDMI/MHL input are not available to the second zone.

    Dual Camera Inputs (w/ Parking Guidelines): The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear & front view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-230 (113CMOS230, 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. The purple/white wire (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.0 second. Parking guidelines also appear making parking easy and safer.

    Note: By connecting the Kenwood CMOS-320 Universal Multi-View Camera (113CMOS320, sold separately) to the DNN992, you gain the capability of turning parking guidelines on/off, as well as cycle through five different multi-views right from the touchscreen. You can also toggle between front & rear cameras when using two CMOS-320 simultaneously.

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood network receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, and select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Kenwood head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). In some installations, the iDatalink Maestero RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestor RR interface module with the correct firmware from 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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    size of the screen, kenwoods reputation and the face it has av inputs and gps built in [ john  Mar 30, 2017 ]
    I had an older version of this unit and it crashed. Kenwood could not repair because the part is not made any longer. All the wiring is already there, the gps, camera, xm is all in place so this will be a plug and play replacement. [ Jake  Dec 07, 2016 ]
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    Have had several other Kenwood head units and have always been happy with the quality of product. Refurbished products have always given me the same great quality as new units. [ Jack  Jan 30, 2016 ]

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    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 how everything integrates and determine what you will need for installation. [ Kenny  Feb 25, 2017 ]  Staff
    Scratch and Dent items are generally product returns from Crutchfield customers. All of these have been thoroughly inspected by our return technicians to ensure functionality and that the item is in good looking condition. They also come fully covered by the manufacturer's warranty and our 60-day satisfaction guarantee, same as new. For more info on Scratch and Dent purchases, feel free to reach out to an Advisor using the "Contact Us" link at the top of the webpage. I hope that helps. [ Larry  May 11, 2016 ]  Staff
    Some refurbished products may no longer contain face cases, cleaning cloths, or other non-essential accessories; Kenwood also provides a 90-day warranty on refurbished models compared to 1 or 2-years on a new model. [ Larry  Dec 03, 2015 ]  Staff
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