Motorized Touchscreen Display:
The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 features a motorized-retractable 6.96" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display
with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution
of 480 x 234 with 336,960 total pixels (480H x 234V x RGB). This unit has touch
screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your
disc easier, so you don't have to extract or retract the monitor every time you
want to load a disc.
Z-Action Mechanism: This exclusive mechanism allows the display to automatically slide out, rise to
your ideal viewing angle (8 presets) and then retract horizontally to your
chosen viewing distance (4 presets) - all in a distinctive Z-shaped motion. The
unique Z-Action mechanism allows installation in a wider range of vehicles and
as it uses a belt-drive system it increases reliability substantially from
similar products using gear driven monitor designs.
Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display
automatically opens when the unit is turned on and closes when the unit is
Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast,
and black level to
suit your viewing needs.
Switchable Panel Displays: You can adjust the headunit's
panel color from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue,
Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all
preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted
between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each. In addition, you can download still images for
use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the following screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB and
- Normal: displays 16:9
widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3
(conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side
- Full: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture
slightly but retaining full image height
- Justify: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally only at the edges
- Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures
both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the
picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges
Front Panel Controls With Dual Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
along the front lower panel of the unit. You can change the button illumination
to Green or Red.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically
when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white
Illumination wire of this player's harness.
Parking Brake Detection: To
prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire
in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection
circuit. While the vehicle is in
motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect
the Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security
indicator light on the front-panel of the headunit to flash when your vehicle's
ignition is off.
24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from
DVDs, CDs, and USB media, the KVT-696 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 is equipped with a
MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET
amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased
power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More
power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not
pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the
KVT-696 are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX
Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle.
You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for
speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter),
or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).
System Q EX Sound Control: Eight EQ curves are preset into
memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of
music. The preset curves are named Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz,
Flat, and User (you may store your own settings under the User Memory EQ curve).
Each preset has its own adjustment for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60,
70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25,
1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz,
1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0),
treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to
+8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust
the bass (100Hz), middle (1kHz), and treble (10kHz) levels only from +/-8dB.
3 Sets of Preamp Outputs: The KVT-696 features front, rear,
and subwoofer 5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear preamp outputs feature
fade control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.
System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+
Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable
crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels (using either
speaker level or preamp output), there is a high-pass filter with independently
selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz,
220Hz or Through (no filter). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output provides a
low-pass crossover filter (40/60/80/100/120/150/180/220Hz), phase
(normal/reverse), and independent volume control (-50 to +10).
Dolby Digital: The KVT-696 supports playback of Dolby Digital
and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to
Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by
selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume
become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the
movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.
Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high
tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the
low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.
Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be
independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching
from one source to another. The available settings range from -15 to 0.
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System
Q-EX, and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner,
USB, Aux, Ext. Device).
Setup Memory: Audio Control, AV-IN Setup, AV Interface,
Navigation, and Audio Setup settings can be memorized and recalled at any time.
When the settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery,
they can be restored.
Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows
you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set
the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, ,
Navigation or Standby. You can use the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or
Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.
Key Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
CR-2 Tuner: The KVT-696 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear
radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC)
for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You
can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles
through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button
press), or Manual.
Radio Data System (RDS): The
unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some
radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When
an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is
being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the
display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function
which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement
(such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic
Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it
is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.
Station Name Preset (SNPS): This
feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 24 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to
16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in
each band either by name or frequency.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:
- Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can
connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the
optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package item
number700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius
Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit
(607SCVDOC1); package item number700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original
programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free,
digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's
- XM: A portable XM or Sirius satellite
radio receiver can be connected to the head
unit via its auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The KVT-696 is HD Radio ready. With an
optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 is also capable of iTunes tagging.
iTunes tagging gives the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a
connected iPod. The next time the iPod is connected to iTunes the tagged songs
are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.
Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting
using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in
your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).
External Tuner Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite
Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the headunit's KAB port.
Compatible Discs: The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 supports playback of
DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD,
and VCD discs.
AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps),
MP3 (16-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name
formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per
disc, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders).
During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays song, artist, and album
information (up to 30 characters). The unit supports ID3 Tag version 1.0, 1.1,
2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.
JPEG/MPEG Playback: This unit can play back JPEG (Baseline
format: 8192 x 7680, Progressive format: 1600 x 1200) still image files recorded
onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, and CD-R/W discs. The unit also supports video playback
of MPEG1 (352 x 240, 362 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480, 720 x 576) NTSC video
files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.
CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD
player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read
setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1
is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/AAC
discs or VCD.
DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3
Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD disc.
Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain
operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 5
functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current
chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing
the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while
pressing the bottom center briefly displays the information screen. For VCD
playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.
Direct Search: By entering its
number with the included remote you can directly access title, chapter, time,
track, channel, or frequency.
Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image
you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or
Zoom: The KVT-696 features a 4 level zoom (1,2, 3, or 4x) when
playing back video and still images.
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level.
You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a
USB Port: The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB
type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various
placement options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3
(16-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) audio files; as well as
JPEG (8192 x 7680 pixels base format/1600 x 1200 progressive format)
still-picture files. The KVT-696 also supports video playback of MPEG1 (352 x 240
or 352 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480 or 720 x 576) video files from a connected
portable USB mass-storage player, USB thumb drive, or portable digital audio
player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that
support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The head unit can recognize up to 8
folder layers, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 15000 total files. The
unit can also support up to a maximum of 7,000 files per playlist. The unit will
display any recorded song, artist, and album information stored on your
connected USB device (up to 30 characters. Your USB device's rechargeable
battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the KVT-696
and the unit is turned on.
iPod High Speed Connection: The multimedia headunit's USB
port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone
devices when used with the optional KCA-iP301V adapter (113IP301V,
sold separately). One end of this cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock
connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into
the back of the KVT-696. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs
into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your
iPod/iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the
headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The
two 3.5mm minijack connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs
and transfer the music and video from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696.
By using the Auxiliary input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog
signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on
- USB Connection: The USB direct connection enables
high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP301V
(3-Wire) interface. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large media
library to be loaded instantly to the multimedia headunit.
- Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood multimedia headunit
supports both audio/video playback from your compatible iPod or iPhone.
Using the optional Kenwood iPod/iPhone connector cable (sold separately),
you can enjoy audio/video playback of music and movie files stored on your
iPod or iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
- Media Navigation: Controlling your iPod/iPhone from the
KVT-696 is seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP301V cable. The
Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library
by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, and Podcast; or your
video library by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, and Rented
Movie (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). The
KVT-696 also offers Link Search, which searches for other songs of the
currently selected artist.
- Music Information Display: The eXcelon KVT-696 also supports
metadata display of music stored on your iPod/iPhone. The multimedia
headunit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including -
Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, Album Title and
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 and the
KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports
the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2012):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain
functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer
software update is available.
Video/Camera Input: The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 is equipped
with a rear-panel audio/video/camera input with a composite video jack and a
pair of RCA stereo jacks. This audio/video terminal can be used to connect an
external video source with audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera
input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-200
The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the
vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear
view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire
in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for
automatic video switching.
A/V Output: The KVT-696 also features a set of rear-panel stereo
RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional
monitor. You can choose DVD, iPod, USB or AV-IN as the source for the A/V
Navigation Input: You can connect the optional Kenwood
KNA-G610 navigation system (113KNAG610, sold separately) to this unit via the
round 13-pin jack on the back of the chassis. Third party navigation systems
with composite video a can also be connected via the AV-IN input. The KNA-G610's
built-in mapping software will display on the compatible Kenwood
navigation-ready receiver. You will be able to control the KNA-G610 from the
Kenwood navigation-ready headunit's touchscreen monitor, or the headunit's
wireless IR remote control (optional).
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth
compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300,
Using the KCA-BT300 and the adapter's supplied microphone you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit
as well as listen to audio files stored on a Bluetooth enabled audio player. You can
make calls from your cell-phone using the KVT-696 by entering a phone number from
the headunit's on-screen keypad,
registering up to six phone number presets, from your downloaded Phonebook
information or from an outgoing/incoming call list. This unit also supports Voice
Recognition if your mobile-phone is Voice Recognition compatible. The headunit
can support up to 35 voices and also supports Key Word Voice Recognition to
select phone number category. In addition, the unit features SMS (Short Message
Service) so you can send a small text message from your mobile phone using the
KVT-696. When your cell-phone is called, the KVT-696 is paused and muted
automatically (you need to hook-up the Brown Mute-Wire of harness). You are able to register up to five compatible
Bluetooth cell phones, but only one cell phone can be connected
at any given time. Visit the Kenwood website for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Wireless Remote Control: The Kenwood eXcelon KVT-696 comes
with an IR wireless remote control (RC-DV331) which can be used to operate all
the functions of the multimedia headunit wirelessly (except for disc eject). A
slide switch allows you to switch between the control modes for the built-in
DVD/CD player, external video source, external audio source, and Navigation.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.