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Kenwood Excelon DDX9905S

DVD receiver

Item # 113DDX9905

Under the hood of Kenwood's DDX9905S DVD receiver, you'll find the sublime sound quality and robust tone-shaping...

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Under the hood of Kenwood's DDX9905S DVD receiver, you'll find the sublime sound quality and robust tone-shaping...

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About the Kenwood Excelon DDX9905S

Touchscreen Excelon goodness

Under the hood of Kenwood's DDX9905S DVD receiver, you'll find the sublime sound quality and robust tone-shaping qualities we've come to expect from their Excelon Series receivers. Kenwood paired these features with high-res music compatibility and a sharp 6.75" high definition touchscreen display. They've also added lots of ways to get your smartphone involved by including Apple CarPlay®, WebLink™, and wireless Android Auto™. And Kenwood backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Touchscreen Excelon goodness

Under the hood of Kenwood's DDX9905S DVD receiver, you'll find the sublime sound quality and robust tone-shaping qualities we've come to expect from their Excelon Series receivers. Kenwood paired these features with high-res music compatibility and a sharp 6.75" high definition touchscreen display. They've also added lots of ways to get your smartphone involved by including Apple CarPlay®, WebLink™, and wireless Android Auto™. And Kenwood backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Wireless Android Auto

Get the awesome convenience of Android Auto without having to plug in. This Kenwood multimedia receiver features a built-in Wi-Fi connection, so all you have to do is get in and go. The receiver and your Android™ link right up and you're ready to roll with all the voice-control wonderfulness that Android Auto brings to driving. Find out more at www.android.com/auto.

More phone fun with Apple CarPlay® and WebLink™

Apple CarPlay puts your iPhone's content at your fingertips. Plug in your iPhone®, and you'll access all your navigation, phone calls, weather, text messages, and all your music through simple controls and voice commands. Get more info at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

This Kenwood includes WebLink, which provides you simple in-dash control over select apps like YouTube® and Yelp®. What's especially nice is that WebLink works with both Android and iPhone. So load up the free WebLink for Kenwood app, plug in your phone, and you'll have quick access to some handy infotainment for your journey.

Bluetooth convenience

Since yours is probably not the only phone used in your vehicle, the DDX9905S enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling. And when you're streaming audio, Kenwood's Music Mix feature lets you pair five phones so everybody can pick their tunes for the ultimate road trip playlist.

Turn on the radio

The DDX9905S lets you enjoy HD Radio from participating stations, so you'll hear FM radio that's close to CD quality or AM radio that comes in clear and static-free. And if you're not in an area with HD Radio stations, this Kenwood's sensitive radio tuner will pick up local analog stations like a champ. You can access and control your favorite Pandora® and Spotify® stations, as well as an ever growing list of Internet Radio stations using your iPhone or Android with Bluetooth, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay. You can also check out the incredibly deep programming offered by satellite radio by adding a SiriusXM tuner.

Heads up, a great display

You can customize the touchscreen display to your taste by choosing from a wealth of colors and backgrounds. This Kenwood plays video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. When you're on the road, you can entertain your passengers by sending a movie from the receiver to a rear-seat screen. You can also plug in front- and rear-view cameras to play it safe in crowded parking lots. The DDX9905S also includes a direct connection for Kenwood's DRV-N520 Drive Recorder dash cam, which means you get camera control and alerts directly on the receiver's display.

An Excelon sound legacy

Got a high-res music library? You'll be jazzed that the DDX9905S supports high-res file playback, including FLAC and DSD files on a USB drive. When you're listening to music that's been compressed, Kenwood's Supreme setting helps bring back the depth and detail for all your digital music sources. If your car speakers are located down low in the doors, this receiver also offers Stage EQ, which adjusts your music's frequencies to virtually "raise" your speakers for better, more natural imaging. The built-in 13-band equalizer allows you to set up separate tone curves for your separate audio sources, while its built-in digital time alignment processor puts you right in the front row of the show. The DDX9905S also includes three pairs of 5-volt RCA preamp outputs that provide an ultra-clean signal when it's time to add amplifiers to your system.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The DDX9905S offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). In a wide selection of vehicles, this module lets you keep factory features that you'd otherwise lose when you install a new radio. You'll also be able to check out engine performance data and other vehicle info on the Kenwood's screen. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

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 article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • 6.75" high-contrast capacitive touchscreen display
    • Waze-ready with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
    • customizable display background and digital angle adjustment for better in-dash visibility
    • plays high-res FLAC (up to 24-bit/192 kHz) and DSD (up to 11.2 MHz) files on USB drives
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Bluetooth Features:
    • hands-free calling and audio streaming with dual phone connection
    • automatic iPhone and Android pairing using the USB connection
    • Kenwood Music Mix feature allows music streaming and control from up to five paired smartphones
    Smartphone Features:
    • works with Apple CarPlay and WebLink
    • Android Auto compatible:
      • wireless Android Auto (compatible with select phones - see "Details" for more info)
      • wired Android Auto (works with most Android phones)
    • music control and charging of Apple and select Android devices using the USB connections
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
    Audio/Video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 13-band equalizer with digital time alignment
    • Supreme setting improves the digital sound for all music sources
    • Stage EQ compensates for low speaker positions
    • DriveEQ boosts specific frequencies to compensate for road noise
    • subwoofer level, phase, and low-pass crossover controls
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • direct connection and control with Kenwood's DRV-N520 Drive Recorder dash cam
    • inputs: two rear USB inputs, rear A/V input (mini), front- and rear-view camera inputs
    • outputs: rear A/V output (composite video and mini-jack audio), 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Info:
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDataLink Maestro module
      • retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
      • displays engine performance and other vehicle data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # DDX9905S
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    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ motorized 6.75" touchscreen monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Two 39" USB extension cables
    • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle mono 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Warranty card

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    Bryan from Boise, ID on 5/17/2019

    2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    Installed this in my 2018 Silverado 1500. I wanted to retain all of the factory features will getting some preamp outputs and increasing sound quality. Sound quality is great, much better than my stock head unit. Boot time is a second or two slower than stock but I hadn't noticed until I timed it. Audio controls are really good, very feature rich for a head unit. Bluetooth connects flawlessly and supposedly android auto wireless will work soon on phones other than just the Google Pixels. Wired android auto works perfectly on my Samsung galaxy phones. I haven't used weblink and don't plan to. Overall it was really very easy to install and paired with the maestro idatalink I was able to maintain all factory controls while gaining a ton of new features and increasing audio quality

    Pros: Great sound, easy to install, lots of functionality

    Cons: A slight bit of glare in the right light but not really an issue since the screen tilt is adjustable. Wireless android auto issue is google's fault.

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    Anthony from Allison Park, PA on 4/16/2019

    2008 Ford Mustang

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    Installed the unit in a 2008 Mustang GT/CS. I purchased the Crutchfield wiring service, which extended the harness and made the connections super easy. The Kenwood Head unit was a very straight forward install. I found some great videos online which really helped (i.e. figure out what your doing prior to the install). The head unit was significantly lighter and smaller than the Ford Shaker 500 (6) CD system that it replaced, so there was plenty of room for the additional wiring. The mic and GPS wiring were simple. The head unit fit perfectly into the dash with the supplied adapter. There were no issues integrating the Kenwood unit with the Ford AMPs. The remainder of the system remained stock. The units sound is very, very customizable with the equalizer. The touch screen is bright and easy to navigate. The face plate does not fully open, it does a 45 degree tilt to accept a single CD, this is normal. The unit had no issues pulling in the local FM and HD stations. The setup was fairly intuitive. Apple carplay worked great, it's a wired connection that I hid in the center console. I added a license plate back-up camera, the car had nothing, thus it's a nice bonus. Soooo i'm still new to the system, so far, so good and it makes the old 2008 Mustang, with nothing in a way of fancy controls or gadgets seem a little fresher...

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    Crutchfield customer from Iselin, NJ on 4/4/2019

    2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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    Best screen ever, sound quality is great. Replaced the head unit in my VW, sounds like I replaced the speakers as well.

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    Exceded my expections 10 fold...

    James from Olympia, WA on 3/17/2019

    2008 Honda Ridgeline

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    I knew that the DDX9905S would be much better than my Ridgeline's factory radio, however, the Kenwood has blown my expectations away. When most people buy a Stereo, I think we're looking for the basics, Radio, BT, CD?, Apple/Android, better sound. I had no idea just how amazing the DDX features are. The interface is very intuitive and the sound is fully customizable. The DDX9905S sounds absolutely amazing over my speakers, and I haven't even installed my new speakers yet. The HD Radio is great. The BT works great and I love having access to Apple CarPlay. I am very happy with my purchase...

    Pros: Just an all around amazing head unit.

    Cons: Make sure you really take your time connecting all the wires. This isn't your grandfathers stereo...

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    Fabulous performance and ease of use!

    Steve from Fern Bch, FL on 2/18/2019

    2009 Chevrolet Corvette

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    Outstanding performance, sound quality and ease of use. Apple CarPlay is seamless and so easy to use. As usual, the sales and support team at Crutchfield was first class. Even tho I had a problem with the PAC interface module, they were all over it and stepped me through troubleshooting and made swap out as simple and painless as possible. Love the look and sound, and will do business again with the great team at Crutchfield whenever I need audio products.

    Pros: Performance Ease of use Screen quality Apple CarPlay

    Cons: A bit pricey

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    Crutchfield customer from Sacramento, CA on 2/15/2019

    2005 Toyota Sequoia

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    This thing is awesome!! Nothing I don't like about it!!

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    Michael from Charleston, SC on 1/31/2019

    2016 Toyota 4Runner

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    This head unit is very reliant on phone connectivity. At the end of the day, you've purchased a mini tablet that happens to have speaker outputs. The screen is gorgeous. The equalizer is solid. I replaced my 5th Generation 4Runner factory radio with this. A few things about this unit: WebLink and Android Auto are constantly competing. It will freeze. If you're looking at this for the wireless Android Auto, there are about 3 phones that are actually compatible. I'd be careful buying it for that purpose. The Android Auto is already finicky when hard wired. Small things like Waze losing Spotify controls or needing to pull up your phone while parked are a giant pain. Don't make your decision based solely on that. I did. I regret it now. Being so focused on wireless Android Auto, I failed to notice that the new Kenwoods have no AV input other than a 3.5 mm mini jack. If your plan is to mirror or transmit your device through a component AV output, this radio isn't for you. In order to do so, you'll need to spend around $100 on a casting device, HDMI to RCA converter, and RCA to 3.5mm AV adapter. Be prepared for screen resolution to go out the door. Why they got rid of the HDMI altogether boggles my mind. It still is a good unit, but don't expect perfection. I was frustrated with Crutchfield on a side note. They recommend all of their harnesses and a USB cord to retain factory USB port. This will not work on a Toyota 4Runne

    Pros: Screen, equalizer, YouTube on WebLink, cameras are awesome

    Cons: AV input. Waze screen not customizable and a little hard to see (it's in landscape mode essentially, not what you're used to in a phone which is generally portrait). Not very straightforward about Android Auto wireless compatibility.

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    Awesome Unit!

    Levi from Broken Arrow, OK on 1/15/2019

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500

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    This is the best unit currently available on the market. I do wish CarPlay was wireless, but maybe a firmware update can fix that down the road since Android Auto is wireless. This thing has an amazing screen and a ton of features!

    Pros: Features, Screen, Warranty is better than others, Menus are easy to use, great sound and connectivity

    Cons: A physical volume knob would be preferable

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    Perfectly suited

    joe from Acworth, GA on 1/14/2019

    2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    I feel this unit is second to none. Very easy to navigate capabilities are clearly not a problem. If in the market for a top notch center piece. then this is the first choice for the serious about sound performance people.

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    Awesome Stereo w great HD picture and many features!

    Erick from Silver Spring, MD on 12/26/2018

    2015 Hyundai Elantra

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    I love this head unit! I previously owned the Kenwood 9703S and purchased the 9905S because of the HD display and capacitive touch screen. It was totally worth it. The display is nice and sharp, colors are bright and the illumination is adjustable which is great! Sound quality is excellent! Crisp and clean mids. Even the bass sounds better than my old 9703S. It has all the great options as previous units: equalizer with presets; sound effects such as bass boost, space enhancer, stage , "realizer", and many more; customizable button illumination color to match your dash, custom display wall paper, and so much more! There is nothing I don't love about this unit and I highly recommend it!

    Pros: Everything.

    Cons: A bit on the pricey side.

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    Worth the money

    Shari from Eldorado, IL on 12/26/2018

    2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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    The Kenwood Excelon DDX9905S is well worth the money. I kept my factory speakers and they even sound better. I made the right choice with this purchase.

    Pros: All great

    Cons: None

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    Jason from Mountain Iron, MN on 12/17/2018

    2012 Nissan Altima

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    Great stereo, has tons of features. It improved the sound of my factory Bose speakers a lot.

    Pros: Has so many features and options

    Cons: Has too many choices for music so you have to think about what you want to use to listen. not a bad problem to have

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    Excellent receiver

    Tommy from Niceville, FL on 11/26/2018

    2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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    Love the "cam" button on the front. Quick look at the front and rear cameras. the interface is easy to navigate as well.

    Pros: All the features

    Cons: like to keep fingerprints :)

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    Crutchfield customer from Tampa, FL on 11/25/2018

    1999 Toyota 4Runner

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    Beautiful screen, love the ability to adjust the screen angle and all the features this unit is loaded with!

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    Excellent Value and Great Performance

    Douglas from Laveen , AZ on 11/23/2018

    2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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    Excellent sounding car stereo. With the Crutchfield wiring harness, connecting this "Beast" to my cars adapter was a breeze. Accessing my phone apps and music are as simple as selecting Car Play and selecting an app to play my music, Pandora, Sirius etc... The CD player is a nice option to have in the case I want to play a CD. The screen is really quite clear when trying to play a DVD. It's really quite a great bargain for what all you get.

    Pros: Touch Screen, Lots of options to tailor your music to your taste, Plenty of power, The option of being able to listen to CD's. Navigation is quite simple to use thanks to the large screen.

    Cons: Kenwood app you download to your phone is pesty. I don't have really any cons for this unit.

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    Crutchfield customer from Van Nuys, CA on 11/20/2018

    1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    great radio like most of the features. Only problem I have with it is that it doesn't operate my older iPod where as my old Kenwood excelon single DIN radios did. And then the interface for the file management system on the USB stick lags and doesn't recognize all the info maybe the problem is I'm using a 512 GB memory stick which is pretty much full at 440 gig of music. the audio controls and settings are very nice.

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    Awesome choice for Android or iPhone

    Scott from O Fallon, MO on 11/16/2018

    2008 Toyota 4Runner

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    Was going back and forth between the 9905S and 9904S. Ultimately the screen and improved components in the 05S swayed me, and I have no regrets. The UI works very well, and the makes getting to all of the audio settings and moving in and out of CarPlay very manageable. I installed this in a 2008 4Runner replacing the factory nav and bluetooth. The integration with the iDatalink Maestro is also very impressive, definitely an upgrade from the factory setup in both sound and function. Plan on giving yourself plenty of time on the install, I have done dozens of standard head unit installs prior - but this is much more involved. As long as you understand going in what functionality is and isn't retained for your specific vehicle you won't be disappointed. Instructions from iDatalink don't give a ton of detail on the integration with the factory wiring and backup camera (cutting wires from the 24 pin connector), but a call to Crutchfield tech for clarification got everything sorted right away. Great product and support, would definitely recommend.

    Pros: Screen, sound, CarPlay integration

    Cons: Not cheap

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    Quailty Stereo

    Anthony from Odessa, TX on 11/10/2018

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

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    Happy with DDX9705S so far. Installed about 2 weeks ago and seems to function as described. I bought it to replace a 5 year old KENWOOD that had before and the improvements are definitely a plus.

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    Ken from Council Bluffs, IA on 10/14/2018

    2017 Subaru WRX

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    Ease of use and thanks to the crutchfield team putting the wiring harness together, made installation easy. I really like the lack of buttons, makes the dash look cleaner. It goes really well with the Infinity speakers that was also purchased from Crutchfield. No complaints

    Pros: Great sound, good looking, , instructions were easy to follow for my car

    Cons: Zero

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    Crutchfield customer from Pasadena, MD on 9/27/2018

    2011 Ram 1500

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    This receiver is great. It provides the latest version and capabilities of Sirius. The integration into the computer to give you new customizable gauges as a view is awesome. There is also plenty to play around with regarding all the effects with the sound and just the receiver all around. Sounds fantastic and even makes the stock Alpine speakers in the truck cleaner. 2011 Dodge Ram 1500

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    David from Redondo Beach, CA on 9/18/2018

    2008 Saab 9-3

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    Fantastic radio. The screen is crystal clear. My BOSE stereo sounds better with the Kenwood built in EQ than the cars built in BOSE EQ. Easy to use, it all just makes sense. It's fast, the radio is never confused of what you're asking it to do. The Apple Car Play is great on this Kenwood. When you take a call, the time it goes back to playing your song is instantaneous. No complaints.

    Pros: Great screen quality. You can't confuse this unit, whatever button you press it activates instantly. It just makes sense. Great built in EQ.

    Cons: Nothing as of yet.

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    JAMES from Woodbridge, VA on 9/18/2018

    2010 Mazda CX-9

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    Great radio that's high-end. Wiring by Crutchfield is definitely worth it as it makes installation much easier, but they added a harness for the antenna that was not needed. It was an extra $10 so it wasn't too bad...but definitely not required. Overall, it's a great radio, great service...just wished it were $10 less!

    Pros: Radio has all the options tou need and the HD screen is awesome.

    Cons: Gave us an extra harness that wasn't needed. I didn't want to cut it off and return it.

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    Abhi from Land O Lakes, FL on 8/20/2018

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    Best audio/video purchase for my car in a long time. The installation on the Ford Excursion was a more involved than originally anticipated, but it went smoothly. Android Auto is awesome. Weblink has some bugs and I'm sure it will be better as time goes by, but right now it is not very robust or stable. YouTube is usable and my kids love it. The quality is amazing. Kenwood quality is all over this unit. All the features are useful and nothing excessive. Sound quality is amazing. The video quality is stunning for a in-dash media player.

    Pros: Full Featured Android Auto HD Screen Audiophile Sound

    Cons: Expensive (but expected)

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    Great screen + audio control nirvana

    Jorge from Tampa, FL on 8/7/2018

    2018 Nissan Leaf

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    At first I just wanted something that allowed me to use CarPlay in my 2007 Mazda CX-9. I then started comparing and not all the units had HD radio, or they were missing the iDataLink Maestro, and at this time, no other receiver has a higher definition screen. Also, maybe this is trivial but the preamp outputs of this receiver are also 5V which allow an amp to run at minimum sensitivity (= less distortion). I paired this with a 4 way 50W compact amplifier also from Kenwood, mostly due to space limitations, however, this being an "Excelon Reference" model, it might be better to pair it with an "XR" amplifier instead. This apparently is due to the fact that the XR line apparently uses better quality components for greater fidelity. Honestly I probably couldn't tell, plus the XR amp is significantly larger. Anyway, paired with the amp this system gets pretty loud with very little distortion (although I rarely put the volume any higher than "15", I think the highest is 40). The audio controls are very impressive as well, from crossover control, to signal levels, this thing does it all. I also added a powered subwoofer from JL, with the controls from the Kenwood I can set the subwoofer level, making a subwoofer remote unnecessary. I'm not sure what Kenwood's plans are for this platform, I hope they add features and functionality in the future via FW upgrades, like wireless CarPlay, and update their Weblink app since it doesn't take advantage of the higher screen resolution

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    Best Stereo You Can Buy

    Bart from Springdale, AR on 8/4/2018

    2010 Toyota Tundra

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    Post 1 Month review: The stereo is awesome. The features, the sound, the interface. I can tell a major difference in audio quality from the factory stereo even with factory speakers still installed. I assume this probably has to do with the additional output power and audio settings, which there are many more than you would ever think. Kenwood seriously engineered this stereo so you could set up everything you need... multi-channel EQ, crossover features, bass boost, and even customize to listening position in terms of dB or feet from your ears! Wicked! FLAC audio compatibility is nice, HD radio is awesome (just wish we had more channels in my area), love the ability to customize screen settings and viewing angle, Apple Car Play is useful, and the Kenwood interface beats the one my wife had in her Pioneer. The screen does show fingerprints as some reviews state; I just keep a microfiber cloth to wipe it off. I installed the unit myself, and this is where my only complaints come in. The iDatalink Maestro provides nice added features and keeps handsfree connectivity, but not as you would think. I will review it separately, but just know with a 2010 Toyota Tundra it does not retain the factory microphone (you have to mount the stereo's) nor does it maintain the factory GPS receiver (you would have to buy the separate one). Also, need an RCA to 3.5mm Y cable for Aux audio - you are not told this on front end. Overall - very happy, but support could be better on fro

    Pros: Great audio; great interface; HD stereo; HD display; DVD/CD; CarPlay; audio customization; FLAC support Significant more PROS with this system than CONS. Only cons come in with install and other needed parts which IMO is a Crutchfield issue not an issue with the system.

    Cons: Crutchfield service with respect to some of the auxiliary equipment. You will need a few extra cables that are not with the system nor are you told about before hand. You can find them at most electronic stores or order online. Also, be warned that Maestro doesn't keep all it says it will, and you will need admin rights for PC to install the software to flash it. TO1 connector recommended to buy is a pain to get installed - have to remove passenger side glovebox. Took me 18+ hrs to install

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    Kenwood Excelon DDX9905S

    Jerry from Cottontown, TN on 7/22/2018

    2010 Chevrolet Corvette

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    Very impressed with the HU. Instructions were very easy to understand.

    Pros: Looks like a factory radio

    Cons: None

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    Wireless Android Auto!

    Ryan from Clarksville, MD on 7/10/2018

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    I installed this in my 2016 Subaru Forester with Harmon Kardon. My phone is a Pixel 2 XL. I also installed the Maestro RR accessory to retain steering wheel controls and factory amp. The maestro also added some cool features for front camera integration and dynamic parking lines for my OEM backup camera. I replaced my factory stereo to add wireless android auto. It works pretty well but I've run into several inconveniences. Hopefully, there are workarounds available or fixes in future firmware updates. I tried calling Kenwood support but they weren't very helpful. Issues: 1) The navigation occasionally shrinks in size for no apparent reason. This can happen when attached wirelessly or by USB. If I click the menu button and then Android Auto, it goes back to full screen. It may or may not happen again. 2) If I issue a voice command before starting android auto, I get the pop-up window that I attached that doesn't go away unless you press on the 'x'. I don't see any reason for this pop-up box and it should go away by itself. 3) The backup camera comes on before the warning message is displayed. If I switch from back to front camera before the warning pops up, the unit gets stuck on the camera. This is rare. I don't normally switch camera views manually. The Maestro RR normally switched the view for me automatically. Is anyone having these same issues? UPDATED 7/16/18: I found a fix for the shrinking maps issue. I changed the output on my phone (in Android Auto App) to 720p and the map no longer shrinks on the Kenwood headunit.

    Pros: Wireless Android Auto Sound Quality Screen resolution front camera support (with maestro rr)

    Cons: Shrinking navigation screen (occasionally) - see photo Speech Recognition menu box - see photo Camera gets stuck Warning message - stays up too long.

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    Wireless Android auto runs perfectly

    Adam from Chicago, IL on 7/9/2018

    2013 Honda Ridgeline

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    This unit looks and sounds great. I bought it for the wireless Android auto feature and am impressed with it so far after a couple weeks use. I'm sure it will only get better as both Android and Kenwood update apps and features

    Pros: Great sound and customisation options. The screen is brought and clear, and wireless Android auto which is why I purchased this works flawlessly so far

    Cons: Fingerprints from having to touch the screen all the time

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    Android Auto wireless requires Pixel or Nexus phone

    Dave from Bridgman, MI on 7/2/2018

    2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

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    Installed this in a '13 Chevy Avalanche replacing factory navigation receiver. Purchased this specifically to do android auto wireless, didn't find out until after I installed it that the feature only works today with Google Nexus and Pixel phones. I was led to believe that any phone running android 8 would work. I had to trade-in my week old Samsung S9+ for a Pixel 2XL; great phone but no wireless charging. Would have been nice if salesman had informed me of that since I specifically told him that's why I was buying this receiver. With the Pixel 2XL, it all worked as expected. Wireless android auto is great, I can leave the phone in my pocket and maps and Waze work fine. Pandora via bluetooth only works sometimes but always works within android auto. Bought the iDatalink Maestro along with it and all my factory radio features work as expected. Was not expecting rear camera guidelines to move with steering input but it works as on the factory radio.

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    Crutchfield customer from Derry, NH on 6/26/2018

    2012 Toyota Tundra

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    If Kenwood is a brand you've trusted turn the other way. If you want a great sounding 2 din din in dash with a beautiful touch screen and features of 2019 don't hesitate. This ones for you..

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    Robin from Krum, TX on 6/22/2018

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Class

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    Excellence replacement for my GM Bose radio. Android auto work great. Crutchfield is great to order from.

    Pros: Audio quality awesome. Screen resolution.

    Cons: None so far

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    HD screen = Bliss

    Alex from Houston, TX on 5/31/2018

    2014 Toyota 4Runner

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    This head unit is awesome. Plain and simple. Maestro integrates well and everything has worked as advertised. Sounds fantastic with all the adjustability, though the speaker upgrade in my SUV definitely helped there. The screen is wonderful. It's bright, clear, capacitive touch, and High Def... what more could you ask for? Android Auto is fantastic. It did take me a few attempts and frustrating commutes to get it to work consistently (The android auto issue stems from the device changing the default setting to "charging" instead of File transfer (it's in the developer settings)). Once Android P rolls out (or if you have a pixel or nexus device), it'll be a wireless connection to the Head unit, so no usb issues from then on. iDatatlink Maestro settings will take some getting used too or altering, but all in all it's worth the price. It's the best Head unit I've ever had, hands down. Love that I can monitor my tire pressures and drive train temperatures from the Head Unit!!!

    Pros: Great Screen!!! Great Sound Output and Equalization Many Video inputs for Front, rear, and dash camera Andriod Auto Apple Car Play Connects multiple phones at once

    Cons: Kenwood Weblink

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    So many features!

    Josh from Wyoming, MI on 5/29/2018

    2012 Subaru Outback

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    Kenwood does it right again. More features than you think of. I installed this in a 2012 outback with the maestro rr replacing the factory system. The interface is fast and reliable. Though it does have some desired GUI features . For example the home screen you can swipe through but you can customize it. Also on the home screen the equalizer should be more readily available. When I'm CarPlay and other UI's, the eq should be more readily available. Another desired UI feature would be a quicker way to switch to vehicle info and back to the music interface. With that being said the sound quality and picture quality can not be beat. So not quiet a perfect product, hopefully firmware updates with take care of my wants.

    Pros: Audio quality Screen resolution Almost unlimited ways to play music Equalizer is amazing

    Cons: No remote UI needs some tweaks

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    Sounds great!

    jay from Mc Kees Rocks, PA on 5/28/2018

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    Amazing radio. Sounds great and the HD display is incredible. I had to install a 4 channel amplifier(2 -8 Ohm capable) to bypass D2B fiber optic system. I couldn't use the factory bose subwoofer because of its 1 ohm impedance. So I installed a powered subwoofer inside the cabin. Great deep bass sound. I used the factory 2 ohm bose speakers. I had to tap into 2 wires of the cigarette lighter for accessory power and illumination for the radio. I couldn't get the dash trim piece to fit above the radio, but that's ok. Looks fine to me. Nice to have a modern headunit in my 2003 mercedes S430.

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    Crutchfield customer from Sammamish, WA on 5/27/2018

    2004 Porsche 911 Carrera

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    So far very happy with the product. There are some software issues mostly WebLink related that hopefully will be fixed and updated soon.

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    So far so good

    Crutchfield customer from Ivins, UT on 5/23/2018

    2011 Ford F-150 Platinum

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    It is what I expected. A nice, functional unit. Minor issues: -The instruction booklet regarding the installation is not very precise. The sleeve that allows the radio to be removed, using the included "keys", cannot be installed in the 2011 Ford F-150. (Wasted a bunch of time trying to fit it in) -The touchscreen is a fingerprint magnet, but that's nothing new. Overall, I am happy with it, but only used it for a few days.

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    Cleophus from Texarkana, AR on 5/21/2018

    2006 Infiniti G35

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    This ddin unit does everything that is advertised. Screen is superior to other units I looked at.

    Pros: Two USB, multiple cameras, screen adjust, speakers adjust, picture frames, two user backgrounds.

    Cons: Warning screen when the unit is turned on.

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    nathan from Murfreesboro, TN on 5/21/2018

    2017 Kia Forte

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    I love this radio. It does everything that I wanted and more.

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    Wonderful replacement for a JKU HU

    Allyn from Springfield, OH on 5/19/2018

    2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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    Great radio. Clean sound. The CarPlay interface is nice, but the Kenwood app side is still a little rough. Intermittent resets, wackiness when running the app, etc. But I definitely recommend it! It was a relatively straightforward install. I used the Maestro RR plus all the other goodies recommended by Crutchfield and was able to get things installed right the first time. I also added a rear camera with a front on the way. I used an MB Quart amp to drive Polk 650's for the mains, and a Kicker PXA to drive the stock sub (might replace it later). Now I've got a system that has punch across the entire spectrum.

    Pros: Gorgeous Screen Great Sound

    Cons: Kenwood App Interface is still rough Wish I could have it without the DVD player (but the same quality screen)

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    Best receiver I've bought yet.

    John from Havelock, NC on 4/21/2018

    2000 Honda Civic

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    Receiver is awesome. Wireless Android auto works. The install kit for my car that was included by Crutchfield was not to my liking so I put the Civic face plate on routing table and Dremel work on it was able to use the trim piece Kenwood included with the unit. Odd issue with Android auto I think due to HD display is the the screen would sometimes appear on the top left 1/4 of the display, but touch input were still full screen oriented. Enabled developer settings in Android auto on the phone and enabled 720p and 1080p output and have not had that issue again, and the screens in Android auto look much sharper too. I still need to tune all the sound settings, but so far sound is great, but think I can get it a little more neutral, but need to get car interior back in before fine tuning. Tested some stereo flac HD audio files, plan to test DSD multi channel tomorrow. Images from the dash and back up cameras look great.

    Pros: Android auto without wires. HD Audio and screen Dash cam integration Super responsive tick screen

    Cons: None, yet (hope I can edit review as I get more time with the unit if I find any more)

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    Best Screen EVER

    Paul from Miami, FL on 4/20/2018

    2018 Toyota C-HR

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    Installed on my 2018 Toyota C-HR with a PAC Audio SWI-CP2 Steering wheel controller. First Impression is WOW. Screen clarity is amazing and all icons looks so sharp and clear. The response time for navigating menus and switching screens is super fast. The touch response is spot on. Installation was a breeze and is a extreme upgrade to my OEM radio that was installed on my car. Bluetooth is clear as it can be. HD Radio is fantastic. Reception is so good I didn't know I had that many radio stations around where I live. Android Auto is great (Wired my phone does not support wireless AA (Galaxy Note 8 Running v7.1.1)) It automatically launches once I plug my phone to the USB port. You can switch between Google Maps or Waze and I don't have to launch Waze on my phone. Radio does have a built in Waze app, but forces you to open Waze in your phone and once the phone screen turns off the Waze app sometimes freezes. If you access Waze from withing AA all is good and the phone screen can be turned off. The only thing you lose this way is the inability to use the "Waze" Widget. No much is lost in my book. Bluetooth MIC is very sensitive. I have no problems using the google assistant no matter how bad the road noise is. It recognizes what I say without a problem (And I have an Accent!). I placed the MIC near the rear view mirror.

    Pros: Fast and Beautiful!

    Cons: Fingerprint Magnet.

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    Dustin from Broken Arrow, OK on 4/16/2018

    2009 Dodge Challenger

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    Excellent stereo. The features in this unit are very good. The Wireless Android Auto and HD screen were enough to sell me on this unit, but there are plenty of other features to help sweeten the deal. First of all though, using Android Auto wirelessly is such a huge convenience. Getting navigation/waze along with Spotify and the Google Assistant all by just sitting in your car makes life very easy. Add in Kenwood's weblink apps, and you have a very powerful set of features. I added the iDataLink as well, which added gauges and vehicle information, along with keeping my steering wheel controls. Everything is working very well. If I had any complaints, it would be that the startup time (from the vehicle off to when Android Auto was ready) can take up to a minute. There are probably a few factors for this, but it's honestly not a huge deal, since most of that time is spent getting situated in your car anyway. And the one minute time is probably worst case. I have also had the occasional delay in skipping a song on Spotify. I'm not sure if this is a bandwidth thing, or an interruption between Android Auto on my phone and the head unit. Again, doesn't happen too often, but it is something to consider - though this may get ironed out with software and/or firmware updates.

    Pros: Great features, excellent display, responsive touchscreen, wireless (!) Android Auto, Weblink, iDatalink compatibility

    Cons: Startup time to Android Auto, occasional bugs

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    Amazing Receiver!

    Jon from Boston, MA on 4/15/2018

    2015 GMC Acadia

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    Installed the DDX9905S in my 2015 GMC Acadia Denali using idatalink products and I'm blown away by this receiver! The menu and interface is very smooth. Screen is beautiful and boot up time is fast. Works great with the rear seat entertainment system with dual zones! The only thing I would say is a negative is that my Samsung Note 8 won't do wireless Android Auto yet. Not Kenwood's fault but there are only a hand full of phones (released by Google) that can do the wireless Android Auto at the moment. Not a huge deal because I usually plug the USB into the phone. I choose this one over the DNX995S because I use WAZE and didn't see a reason to spend the extra for built in Navigation. I was a bit surprised that the receiver didn't come with a remote. I just used one from my old Kenwood. I have no regrets about getting this receiver.

    Pros: Build quality, functions, screen resolution, audio quality

    Cons: No remote control.

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    More details on the Kenwood Excelon DDX9905S

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto Wireless
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 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
    Screen Size 6.75
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback WAV/FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), DSD (up to 11.2MHz)

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    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Android (Android Auto) & iPhone (CarPlay) Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Internet+SiriusXM+HD Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    AV/Camera/OEM Connectivity

    Audio & DSP Section

    Excelon Reference (XR) Series: The DDX9905S DVD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon Reference (XR) series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. To ensure the best possible sound quality, the receiver uses custom-made and carefully selected parts; such as audio quality power supply capacitors, high quality coupling capacitors, gold-plated 5V pre-outs, and cross-shaped panel structures. These parts are further optimized through meticulous tuning of the component values and circuit paths. Kenwood's Excelon Reference (XR) series represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability, and is backed by a 2 Year warranty.

    24/32-Bit DAC: The Kenwood DDX9905S utilizes a 24/32-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 90.5dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX9905S 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 DDX9905S 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

    Gold-Plated 6ch/5V Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The DDX9905S features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and offers independent level control (-50 to +10 dB). The pre-outs are gold-plated for superior signal transfer.

    Vehicle Setup: In order to optimize the sound quality in your vehicle, you can indentify the type of vehicle you have, select speaker sizes & locations, as well as configure listening distances.

    • 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
    • Speaker Size: You can select which size speakers are in your vehicle - Tweeter (Small, Medium, Large, or None), Front & Rear (3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None), and Sub (6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or Over, None).
    • Speaker Location: You can indicate the location of your vehicle's front and speakers. Choose from "Upper Door Area", "Lower Door Area", "On Dash", "Under Dash", or "Parcel Shelf Area".
    • DTA (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.

    High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: The receiver offers independent high pass filters for front speakers and rear speakers, as well as a low pass crossover for the unit's sub out.

    • Front & Rear: Independently set high pass filter (HPF) for your front & rear speakers.
      • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
      • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
      • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • Sub: Set low pass filter (LPF) for unit sub output.
      • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
      • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
      • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
      • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)

    Equalizer: The Kenwood DDX9905S offers 8 EQ Presets for easy adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, and a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.

    • Preset EQ: The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Pops, Easy, Top40, Jazz, Powerful, Rock, or User 1-4) suitable for the music genre of your choice.
    • 13-Band EQ: The User modes (1-4) allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 13-band EQ (62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency's gain level can be adjusted from -9dB to +9 dB.
    • Drive EQ: The Drive EQ mode helps you hear your music over road noise. It boosts certain frequency ranges that become hard to hear due to road noise.

    Music Enhancements: 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 2, 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 & Stage EQ: 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 Stage EQ can be set to High, Middle, Low, or Off.

    Volume Level & Bass Management: The DVD receiver offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your sources. The DDX9905S 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 DDX9905S 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 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.75" Electrostatic Capacitive Touchscreen: The Kenwood DDX9905S features an all-new electrostatic capacitive touch panel and high-definition LCD panel with high luminance white LED backlighting that delivers vivid color, high-contrast, and crisp detail, as well as highly responsive touch operation. This 6.75" widescreen (16:9) electrostatic capacitive touchscreen LCD panel has a high resolution of 1280 (H) x 720 (V) x RGB with 2,764,800 total pixels, a 170° high viewing angle, 600cd/m high brightness, and 900:1 high contrast ratio. The LCD touchscreen panel features a protective film that is anti-finger print, anti-reflection, anti-glare, and anti-shatter. Touchscreen operations include tap, touch & hold, flick left or right, and swipe up or down.

    • Custom Home Screen & Shortcuts: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the eight most sources you use most to the first page of the Home Screen. Three programmable shortcut source keys offer a quick jump to your favorite sources from almost any screen.
    • Background Color & Wallpapers: You can choose between nine preset background colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White. You can also choose to link the displays color with the unit's front-panel variable color illumination that you set. In addition, there are six preset background images (wallpapers) or you can download your own still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive. You can even create a slide show of up to 500 images files stored on a USB thumbdrive for the receiver's Home screen.
    • Angle Adjustment: 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).
    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 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 all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as CarPlay and Android Auto.

    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, 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).

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim the head unit's display & front-panel illumination automatically when your vehicle's light switch is turned On, if you have the unit's orange/white "Illumination" wire connected to your vehicle's headlamp circuit. You can also choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Clock & Date: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock & day/month/year display. The clock 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 Power/Home button turns the unit off completely.

    Remote Control: The Kenwood DDX9905S offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and is compatible with Kenwood's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for added convenience. Kenwood also offers a remote application which allows you to control the receiver from your smartphone device.

    • Steering Wheel Controls: The head unit features a factory 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).
    • Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV331, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood DVD head unit. 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.
    • Remote S App: The Kenwood Remote S (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) is an application that will connect and control the in-dash receiver from your compatible Apple or Android device via Bluetooth, like a wireless remote control. You can select source input, as well as command basic playback controls such as Play/Pause or Previous/Next Track from the touchscreen of your compatible smartphone. This application can also display the receiver's source and song/artist information on the screen of your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

    Android (Android Auto) & iPhone (CarPlay) Integration

    Wireless Android Auto: The Kenwood receiver supports the Android Auto app for select Android smartphones using a wired or wireless connection. You can connect Google's Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X (running Android OS 8.0 Oreo or higher and version 3.1 or higher of the Android Auto app) to the Kenwood receiver wirelessly using WiFi and Bluetooth (both wireless connections must be made; a wired USB connection must be made initially between the Android phone and the Kenwood receiver to setup Wireless Android Auto). More Android smartphones will be made Wireless Android Auto compatible through Android's newest OS 9.0 Pie update (no ETA). Android smartphones running Lollipop 5.0 or higher can be connected to the Kenwood receiver's "grey" USB port (not "black") using the included USB extension cable and USB cable that came with your smartphone, plus be paired via Bluetooth. Android Auto extends the Android platform into your car in a way that's purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple on-screen "card-style" pop-ups that appear just when they're needed. It's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead. Features of Android Auto include -

    • Google Assistant: The Kenwood receiver enhances your Android Auto experience even more by incorporating Google Assistant using the head unit's external microphone and your car speakers for voice command and text-to-speech, which makes using Android Auto and all of its integrated applications fast, easy, and safe. You will need to press the "mic" button or say "OK Google" to activate the Google Assistant. Use the Google Assistant to make a call, send a message, reply to a message, get driving directions, or listen to music.
    • Google & Waze Maps: Use Google Maps to get where you're going with on-screen maps, voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. Select your destination by using the head unit's touchscreen or just say where you want to go through the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You can even listen to music from your Android Auto device or other connected source device while using Google Maps. If you prefer, you can switch over to a simpler version of the community-based Waze navigation app (version 4.27 or higher).
    • Phone & SMS: With Android Auto you get access to your contacts and messages through the Kenwood receiver while keeping your eyes on the road. Use the unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology to make a phone call, or have your text-messages read aloud to you while you concentrate on the road ahead; you can even reply to texts via voice command.
    • Music: Access your Android smartphone's music library through the Kenwood receiver via Google Play Music. You'll be able to browse music like you do on your smartphone with song/artist information display and album art. Use the receiver's touchscreen to select songs or just say what song you want to listen to through the head unit's external mic and Google Speech Technology. You also get access to online music and radio stations from Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, & Tune-In. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo.

    Notes:

    • Only one Android device with Android Auto can be connected at a time.
    • An Android Auto device and Apple CarPlay device cannot be connected at the same time.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Android Auto is being used with a connected Android smartphone.
    • Use a USB cable that is under 6' long and avoid using any extension cable other than the one supplied.
    • If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately); any other USB extension cable can cause Android Auto to malfunction.
    • Click here to learn more About Android Auto and to see what phones are compatible.
    • The unit's built-in WiFi can only be used for Android Auto (not designed to be used with WiFi hotspots).

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning-connector. Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver's "black" USB port (not "grey") via the included USB extension cable and the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls. Use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mail, send/ receive messages and select music in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    • Apple Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars. If you have iOS 12.0 or newer on your iPhone with the latest version of Google Maps or Waze (coming soon), you can choose to navigate via Google Maps or Waze instead of CarPlay. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have there own proprietary voice control function which has to be accessed through a touchscreen icon on the receiver.
    • Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Kenwood receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
    • Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
    • Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):

    Notes:

    • Only one Apple CarPlay device can be connected at a time. Must be connected to the "black" USB port (not "grey" USB port).
    • An Android Auto device and Apple CarPlay device cannot be connected at the same time.
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless music streaming cannot be used while Apple CarPlay is being used with a connected iPhone.
    • If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.

    WebLink (for iPhone & Android):Download the Kenwood WebLink app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.4+) and connect your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone via USB to access some of your favorite apps such as YouTube and Yelp through the Kenwood DDX9905S. Your iPhone must be connected to the receiver's "black" USB port (not "grey"). Your Android smartphone should be connected to "grey" USB port (not "black"). Using these apps through the large, clear touchscreen of the DDX9905S makes WebLink a safe and easy way to access popular navigation, media, weather apps while in your vehicle.

    • Yelp: Yelp uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community among the millions submitted. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. Let Yelp help you find the best Restaurants, Hotels, Automotive Service Centers, Banks, Shopping Malls, and more. Search by Category, Favorites, Distance, Point on the Map, or Keyword. A keyword search requires that  your vehicle's parking brake be engaged.
    • OpenWeatherMap: Within WebLink is the OpenWeatherMap app, which gives you today's forecast and a four day outlook of the weather in your area.
    • YouTube: With WebLink, you can access YouTube and play videos on the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor (your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged). You can select videos from a variety of categories or search by keyword(s).
    • NextRadio: The NextRadio (for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.2+) lets you tune to every local FM station by using your smartphone's built-in FM chip. NextRadio lets you experience local FM radio by showing album art, station logos, and song & program details in an engaging display. NextRadio's Newsfeed lets you stay current with your favorite stations by curating a personalized display of related content based on your listening preferences. View stations' tweets, artist info, hot songs, contests, upcoming concerts, emergency alerts and more
    • MediaPlayer (Audio Only): WebLink allows you to access your Apple iOS or Android devices stored music library for playback. From the DDX9905S's touchscreen, you can browse your phone's music library by Artist, Album, Genres, Playlist, or Songs. You can also search your music by typing in an artist's name or a song title (the vehicle's parking brake has to be engaged for this feature). In addition, you get playback controls such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Random/Repeat. The digital media receiver's screen will display song/artist/album information, along with album art.
    Notes:
    • Once you have your device connected to the head unit and you have selected WebLink as the source, the WebLink app are not controllable from your Apple iOS or Android device. If you need to control the WebLink app from your smartphone, you will have to disconnect your phone's cable from the Kenwood receiver.
    • The WebLink app app must be opened as the primary app on your phone. If you press the home button or go to access other apps on your phone, the WebLink apps will pause on the Kenwood receiver, until the WebLink app is the primary app again. WebLink will not work with these apps only running in the background. 
    • Some apps within WebLink will require that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged to operate certain functions & features of the application.
    • You can only connect one iPhone or one Android smartphone (two devices cannot be connected at the same time).

    iPod/iPhone Music Playback Only: If you don't desire Apple CarPlay or WebLink, you can also connect your Lightning-connector Apple iPod/iPhone to the DDX9905S for music playback & control only using Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into either of the receiver's rear-panel USB ports. The Kenwood receiver supports playback of stored music and music apps, along with control and charging, plus song/artist information and album art.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigation your iPod/iPhone's music library from its front-panel & touchscreen controls. The head unit offers unique search features like Category Search & Link Search, plus offers basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. You'll also still be able to control your connected iPod touch or iPhone from its own touchscreen so you can access other music applications.
      • Category Search: Category Search allows you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, Audiobook, or Radio. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order).
      • Link Search: 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, an artist list of the currently playing genre, or an album list of currently playing composer.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DDX9905S will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. The unit will also display song/artist info and album art from select music apps.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX9905S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 8/10/2018):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay WebLink Pandora Spotify Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    X 11.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.4.1 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    Notes:
    • Only one Apple iPod or iPhone can be connected at a time. If you try and connect two Apple devices at the same time, you get the following on-screen message "Only the first connected iPod/iPhone can be used". You'll need to disconnect both devices and reconnect the one you want to listen to.
    • Not compatible with 30-pin Apple devices.
    • 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.
    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay, Android Auto, and WebLink apps 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. Your compatible Apple or Android device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    GPS Antenna: The Kenwood DDX9905S comes with a GPS antenna to enhance the performance of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay navigation maps. The GPS antenna comes with a self-stick pad which mounts it on top of your dash inside the vehicle.

    Smartphone Charging: The Kenwood DDX9905S will also charge (5V/1.5A) your Android Auto compatible Android smartphone or Apple CarPlay compatible iPhone while connected via USB with the vehicle's ignition switch set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 4.1: The Kenwood DDX9905S is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 4.1 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 1.7 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile)
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.6 (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 DDX9905S. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SSP & Auto Pairing: With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DDX9905S without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    • Dual Phone Connection: Thanks to the Dual Phone Connection feature, two Bluetooth-enabled phones can remain connected to the Kenwood receiver. This means you can an answer an incoming call from either phone from the head unit. Also, both of your phone's contact lists are downloaded to the receiver. To make a call from one of the phones using the Kenwood receiver, you simply have to select Phone 1 or Phone 2 on the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Music Mix: The new Music Mix feature allows five Bluetooth audio source devices to be connected to the Kenwood receiver at one time, so you can switch between Bluetooth playback sources a lot easier and quicker. While "BT Audio" source is selected on the head unit, you can simply press the music playback button on your connected Bluetooth source devices to switch between devices and begin music playback. However, you cannot stream audio from two different Bluetooth audio source devices at the same time or combine music libraries or playlists from two different connected devices.

    Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.7) with wideband speech capability, the Kenwood DDX9905S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DDX9905S 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 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 (1-30 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DDX9905S, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number from the head unit's touchscreen keypad.
      • Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up to 5 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook: You can download phonebook data (up to 1000 entries) from your phone to the DDX9905S. You can then dial by using the downloaded phone book and search it alphabetically.
      • 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 entries total).
      • Voice Dialing: If your smartphone supports voice recognition (including Siri and Google Voice), 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: The Kenwood DDX9905S 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 lossless music streaming. 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 DDX9905S for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DDX9905S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DDX9905S offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the DDX9905S lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4-up phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • 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, the Kenwood DDX9905S 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" 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 DDX9905S 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 DDX9905S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    External Microphone: The Kenwood DDX9905S includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, echo cancellation, and noise reduction of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

    Internet+SiriusXM+HD Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone & Android): You can access Pandora & Spotify online music services on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone through the Kenwood DDX9905S receiver. You can also access Apple Music Radio through your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone. Your compatible mobile device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    • Pandora: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 10.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the DDX9905S using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood DDX9905S provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically, or shuffle playback stations in your list. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also select stations from a Genre list. In addition, you can skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • Spotify: The DDX9905S has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) on your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. You can play, pause and skip tracks, browse playlists, albums and radio stations through the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen & front-panel controls. You can even create your stations by entering a track, artist, or playlist. You also get song/artist information on the unit's LCD touchscreen. If you are a Spotify Premium user (requires a monthly paid subscription), you can enjoy ad-free, high quality music even when there is no internet connection.
    • Apple Music Radio (iPhone Only): You can playback Apple Music Radio on your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iOS 9.3.5+ device through the Kenwood DDX9905S. With a WiFi or cellular connection on your iPhone, you can listen to Beats 1 and other live radio stations through the Kenwood receiver. Apple Music subscribers can also listen to on-demand stations for almost any genre or create their own stations. You can use the head unit's touchscreen to select between your Apple Music Radio stations. The touchscreen will also display song/artist/album information, along with Album art.
    Note: 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 DDX9905S 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 140+ 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: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • 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.
    • Smart Favorite Presets: Up to 20 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets on the current band are recognized as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart, TuneScan, & TuneMix.
      • TuneStart: 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: TuneScan plays the first 6 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
      • TuneMix: TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from your Smart Favorite preset music channels from the current SiriusXM preset band, allowing you to build a custom channel from as few as two to as many as six music channels.
    • 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.
    • Alerts: Receive alerts of your favorite song or artist, favorite sports teams, plus traffic and weather.
      • Content Alerts: When a broadcast program related to the your favorite artist or song starts, a message appears to allow you to switch to that station.
      • Sports Flash: Sports Flash will notify you when a big play happens during a game with one your favorite sports teams. You can choose to tune to that station or continue to listening to the previous channel.
      • Traffic & Weather Now: Traffic & Weather Now allows you to access the latest report whenever you want to hear it by city.
    • 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.

    HD Radio: 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 (80dB SNR @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (80 dB SNR @ 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 DDX9905S 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: You can store 15 FM presets and 5 AM presets (total of 20). 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/Album Art AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art.
    • Multicasting & Emergency Alerts: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8). HD Radio also delivers critical and life-saving messages to the public during emergency situations.
    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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood DDX9905S supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports a variety of audio & video files recorded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc (see chart below).

    • 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.

    USB MSC Playback (Dual USB Ports): The Kenwood DDX9905S features two rear-panel USB inputs (one is "black" and the other is "grey"). Each rear-panel USB input consists of a USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 7" pigtail and comes with a 39" USB extension cable. These USB ports can be used for connection and control of up to two portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital music player. The USB ports enable playback of a variety of audio (including Hi-Res), video, and photo files stored on a compatible USB memory device (see chart below). USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB ports (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    • 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, an artist list of the currently playing genre, or an album list of currently playing composer.
    Notes:
    • Two USB mass storage class devices or USB thumbdrives can be connected at the same time; you can switch back and forth between devices (it does not combine the libraries).
    • The USB ports do not support MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), AOA (Android Open Accessory), USB hubs, or card-readers.
    • You can connect an Android smartphone with Android Auto and a USB thumbdrive at the same time.
    • You can connect an Apple iPod/iPhone to the "black" USB port and a USB thumbdrive to the "grey" USB port at the same time.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood DDX9905S supports the following types of audio (including Hi-Res), video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB (MSC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32, ex FAT NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    Vorbis:
    variable bit-rate; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC (High-Res): bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
    DSD (Hi-Res): bit depth of 1-bit; sampling frequency of 2.8, 5.6, 11.2MHz
    Vorbis:
    variable bit-rate; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    Video MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max bit-rate of 1.5Mbps
    MPEG-2:
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    MPEG-4/H.264:
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    WMV/MKV:
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 5,000 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder) Unlimited folders/9,999 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags, WMA/AAC/FLAC-tags, & Album Art

    High Resolution Audio Playback: The Kenwood DVD receiver supports playback of high-resolution FLAC & WAV music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz), as well as DSD music files (up to 11MHz/1-bit) via USB. High-Resolution Audio is high-quality sound that exceeds CD standard. High-resolution audio captures and beautifully expresses all the details of your favorite music.

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

    Song/Artist Info with Album Art: The Kenwood DDX9905S will display song/artist information as well as album art for MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC music tracks (if encoded).

    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.

    AV/Camera/OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood DDX9905S DVD receiver is fitted with a rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio/video input to connect external AV sources, such as a game system, Blu-ray player, or TV tuner.

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In, USB, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the DVD receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    • If you select USB, iPod, Disc, Spotify, Pandora, or Bluetooth as the main source; you cannot select USB as the AV output source.
    • If you select WebLink (YouTube), CarPlay, or Android Auto as the main source; you cannot select Disc or USB as the AV output.
    Note: WebLink (YouTube), CarPlay, and Android Auto cannot be displayed through the receiver's video output.

    Rear & Front Camera Inputs: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-230 (113CMOS230, sold separately). By connecting a rear view camera, you can use the in-dash receiver's touchscreen LCD to see what's behind you when backing up. There is also a composite video input for connecting a front dash-cam (sold separately), so you can display what's ahead of you on the head unit's touchscreen LCD monitor.

    • Parking Guide Lines: When a rear-view camera is connected and you are viewing a rear view image, parking guide lines appear on-screen making parking easy and safer. There are three color-coded horizontal guidelines and two vertical guidelines.
    • Rear-View Auto Switching: 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 of the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.8 seconds.
    Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    Dash Cam Ready: In addition to the front camera input, the DDX9905S is equipped with a proprietary "Dash Cam" control input for connecting Kenwood's DRV-N520 dashboard camera (113DRV520, sold separately). The DRV-N520 offers high resolution 1080p recording, plus motion detection technology. The dashboard camera's live and recorded video are displayed on the DDX9905S' touchscreen. You'll also control the DRV-N520's settings and parameters from the receiver's touchscreen.

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood DVD 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, plus select Honda/Acura, Toyota/Scion, Volkswagen & Subaru vehicles with factory digital amplifiers.

    • Retained Features: 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). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro 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. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro 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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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    best value for new tech [ jesus  Jan 14, 2019 ]
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    I chose this model because it has a higher resolution screen than anything else, screen tilts if desired, has Dual Zone audio, and has Android Auto. [ Nathan  Jan 05, 2019 ]
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    Great reviews [ Allen  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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    It had 34 - 5 star ratings [ CHRISTOPHER  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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    This will bring my 13 year old vehicle into the new age with all the bells and whistles I was looking for all backed by a generous warranty and service. [ CHRISTOPHER  Nov 24, 2018 ]
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    I chose this stereo receiver because my current Kenwood receiver finally died. I am loyal to the Kenwood brand since my first car over 20 years ago, so staying with Kenwood is a "no brainer" for me. [ Ryan  Nov 16, 2018 ]
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    Excellent radio with HD display, advanced features, two video feeds, Kenwood reputation, and value...replacing original nav radio on my 2008 F450 [ Kenneth  Jun 09, 2018 ]
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    Product Research [ Akitoshi  Jun 06, 2018 ]
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    liked the easy integration with camera and the idea of very high quality audio [ Ross  May 01, 2018 ]
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    I chose this mainly for the Wireless Android Auto. I also decided on this model because of the Hi Def screen and the ability to play CDs. I wanted the nav model however couldn't justify the price for the rare times I will not have cell service. When that happens I'll dust off my old stand alone garmin. This was also an open box item so it was about 9% off. [ Scott  Apr 16, 2018 ]
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    All the cool stuff is on this. Looking forward to it working with my Android Oreo OS on my Samsung Galaxy 8, wirelessly. Really like that there will be no USB for the GPS interface. [ Gary  Apr 16, 2018 ]
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    Wireless Android Auto, HD display, captive touch. [ Screech  Apr 04, 2018 ]
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    17 questions already asked

    Q
    With the dual zones, is this capable of playing a movie with a alternate screen in the rear and then different audio in the front?
    [ EricW  Mar 05, 2019 ]
    1 answer
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    Not quite. You can output an a/v source to the rear monitor with headphones and play a different source through the vehicle speakers at the same time though. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the stereo's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table.
    [ Ryan  Mar 11, 2019 ]  Staff
    Q
    Anybody else having trouble getting the device to recognize a 64gb thumb drive in the usb connection? 32gb drives work, but I've tried two different manufacturers' 64gb size thumb drives and they didn't work.
    [ JD  Jan 30, 2019 ]
    5 answers
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    Reformatting the thumb drive using EXFAT rather than NTFS did do the trick. Thanks for the help!
    [ JD  Feb 09, 2019 ]
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    I use the PNY Attache brand, both 256 GB and 128 GB work great on this particular Kenwood head unit. Before use of thumb drive you need to format thumb drive to FAT16 or FAT32.
    [ EDWARD C.  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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    Yes same here , just not working 64
    [ ROBERTO  Jan 31, 2019 ]
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    Hi, I haven't tried that option yet.
    [ CARLOS  Jan 30, 2019 ]
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    While I do not have specific experience with a 64gb, I do with a 128. You have to have the drive formatted with the right format. Compare the format of the two thumbsticks. I format mine with fat32.
    [ Michael  Jan 30, 2019 ]
    Q
    Is there a physical mute button or one the can be set on the screen?
    [ Marcus  Jan 20, 2019 ]
    4 answers
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    Yes.You can switch mute/ATT by pressing the "Menu" button for 1 second.
    [ Scott  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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    There's no physical button. I didn't find a mute button, but I did program the volume down button on my steering wheel control (using maestro controller) so I can double tap that button to mute the system.
    [ William  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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    There is no physical Mute button, just an up and down. But if you use the iDatalink Maestro interface to use your steering wheel controls, you can program it to Mute when you do a long press (hold) on the volume down. Pressing the volume up will un-Mute it back to the original volume.
    [ Timothy  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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    I have a Maestro connected to it which gives me factory controls on my steering wheel, hold the volune button on it instantly puts it in mute which is much faster to be honest. As for added input this deck is amazing for so many levels! Very highly recommended!
    [ JAMES  Jan 20, 2019 ]
    Q
    What is the difference between this receiver and the DDX9904S that was recently discontinued? The only difference I see is $500.
    [ Jesse  Nov 29, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    The biggest difference is the screen the 9904 has the clear captive touch 800x480 screen. The new 9905S has a 1280x720 HD screen with capacitive touch and anti glare coating.
    [ Aaron  Jan 25, 2019 ]
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    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Dec 12, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can I retain ALL my factory steering wheel controls and factory back-up camera with this head unit? What about the controls for the interior lights of the car? (16' Mazda CX5)
    [ ScottFern  Nov 28, 2018 ]
    4 answers
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    Back up camera, no problem. ALL steering wheel controls? That depends on what steering wheel interface box you decide on & what make/model of car you have. The DDX9905S is a great head unit, but you need to do your own research to find out if another company makes an interface that works for you. Good luck.
    [ James  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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    The steering wheel controlability is with an add-on component, then it can be customized. My backup camera works with the unit, but mine is aftermarket. See if your factory camera uses an RCA (phono-type/stereo connector). The lighting is trickier. It will change when your headlights are turned on, but they do not dim with the car's adjustments. Also, not explained in the directions, there are separate brightness adjustments for BOTH dimmed, and non-dimmed conditions. You have to set both to your liking while in each mode. The directions also say that the light wire is not used. This is incorrect. Please connect the wire (think it's the yellow) to your car's light wire to work.
    [ Gary  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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    I have a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid and was able to retain both my steering wheel controls and the back-up camera. The original radio/CD unit didn't have controls for the interior lights. I'm thinking of swapping the back-up camera for one meant for the DDX9905S because the picture I get from the original camera - while in color - is washed out.
    [ Forrest  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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    You should be able to if you add an idatalink maestro RR with a data cable. I just looked up your model and CX-5 is not there, but it may have the same wiring as cx3. If you do go the idatalink maestro route buy one of their car specific harnesses which make everything plug-n-play. My wife and I love this headunit and I was able to keep all features and added Siri hands free support by using idatalink in our Toyota Prius-C. Another tip: if your car already has navigation with GPS antenna, you can ditch the tiny gps antenna from Kenwood. Just swap the antenna connector from the Kenwood one to the OEM antenna lead. The connectors will have a tiny locking tab that you can carefully pry up to slip it off. (If you break the grey plastic connector, they are like $1, just google them.) The point is that the OEM GPS antenna is better positioned and larger than the one that comes with the unit. CarPlay and Android will switch to using the headunit's GPS antenna when connected which provides better data than the tiny one in your phone as well as using less power bc the phone will switch its gps off in favor of the headunit. Good luck this is an awesome unit and is one of the only ones to have a high-quality screen like an iPad. Also make sure to get a dash kit with it so that it fits like OEM.
    [ Danniel  Nov 28, 2018 ]
    Q
    I have the KNA-RCDV331 Remote that I tried to use with a DDX472BT and it pretty much only controlled the volume which was useless to me. Can the remote be used to browse and play media from usb?
    [ Sean  Oct 24, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    The remote is compatible and controls most aspects of the receiver but the stereo does not support the ability to browse a connected USB drive from the KNA-RCDV331 You can view all of the remote's capabilities with this receiver in the DDX9905S owner's manual (page 85-87). You can download a PDF file copy of the manual by clicking the link for it under the "What's in the Box" heading on the stereo's main webpage.
    [ Ryan  Nov 01, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    What is the boot time of this unit vs the DNX995s? Does the camera kicks in right away or do you need to wait until the unit fully boots?
    [ Marcelo  Oct 04, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    It boots in like 10 or 15 seconds but the source you've got it on will start immediately and the back up cam will work right off the start.
    [ helen  Oct 12, 2018 ]
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    For me the camera loads almost instantly when I turn on my Jeep and shift to reverse.
    [ JAMES  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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    Boot time is fast camera kicks in right away. There is a 10 second warning about driving and playing movies at boot time. But you hit button and dismiss before the second timeout.
    [ Danniel  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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    when in android auto mode, can you still see song info at the bottom of the display. for those who have installed it in a gen5 subaru, does the RR maestro retain all the buttons on the steering wheel, if not which ones doe not are not retained?
    [ Marcelo  Sep 26, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    I can't speak to the Android Auto portion of your question (iPhone house here), I've got this deck installed in my 2014 Legacy using the iDatalink Maestro RR module. All of my steering wheel buttons are retained. I'm told (but can't verify as I wasn't the one who programmed the device) that it also supports short & long presses of the various buttons as well. My experience with the deck has been fantastic.
    [ Jason  Oct 04, 2018 ]
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    Sorry, but I use an iPhone, not an android on this KENWOOD.
    [ ROBERT  Oct 04, 2018 ]
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    In Android Auto you only see the song playing in the home screen or audio screen. The title of the song only displays on the other screens when the track changes.
    [ Evan  Oct 04, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does onstar work with this radio. I have a 2015 Chevy Sonic?
    [ Alonzo  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    OnStar works perfect in my Envoy. I bought the ready harness. That was the best extra money I've ever spent I just plugged my radio in when I got it and I was up and running
    [ Donnie  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    Q
    What are the key differences between this model and the Excelon DDX9904S?
    [ Chris B  Jul 05, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Jul 10, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    can you use a wired connection for android auto if your phone is not yet working with wireless android auto?
    [ G  Jul 01, 2018 ]
    10 answers
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    Yes, Wired-AA should work for any phone that can run the app. My Pixel XL works over wireless OR USB and my Galaxy S5 works over USB-only.
    [ Tom  Jul 06, 2018 ]
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    Yes, USB works wonderfully. Kenwood weblink app is annoying. Make sure to update firmware. USB even rapid charges!
    [ Harry  Jul 02, 2018 ]
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    I have not been able to get android auto working wired or wireless but i think thats my fault. The wired connection just tells me there is an error, it's likely I wired it wrong. The wireless, I don't know why it doesn't work but even while my phone is connected with Bluetooth it doesn't sync to the Kenwood screen. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
    [ Ryan  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    Yes you can. I currently have a Galaxy Note 8 that cannot yet use wireless Android Auto (I'm seriously disappointed by this). At any rate, I just plug it into the USB and I'm good to go. By the way, the connectivity is a Google issue, not Kenwood. I'm hopeful wireless will be available for all droids soon, if not I will likely switch to one of the google phones when next I upgrade.
    [ Thomas  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    Yes, I'm using mine wired with no issues. I'm waiting for Samsung to support wireless.
    [ Heath  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    Should work fine plugged into USB port on KENWOOD deck. I do the same with my iPhone X, sound is unreal.
    [ John  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    I am. I have the DMX905S connected by wire to the Samsung Galaxy 8+ and it works great. Hopefully, Samsung gets wireless going on their phones soon. Apparently, Google is holding them back.
    [ Jay  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    Yes
    [ James  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    Yes. That's how I use mine because I have an LG Fiesta phone.....
    [ David  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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    Yes, you can use a USB cable plugged directly into the unit for Android Auto and charging.
    [ Bryan  Jul 01, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does this unit work with the Kenwood RC-DV331 Control Remote? And does it have mirroring from phone capabilities?
    [ Marlon  Jun 20, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    There is a downloadable remote app to eliminate another device by controlling the unit through Bluetooth using your phone
    [ Matt  Jun 25, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does this unit integrate with climate control? I have 16 Ram with climate controls in existing factory head unit and do not want to lose these controls if I change to aftermarket head unit.
    [ Richard  Jun 14, 2018 ]
    4 answers
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    It has a symbol on its main menu for climate. I do not know how well it integrates though, my vehicle does not need it.
    [ Matthew  Jun 23, 2018 ]
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    I believe it does if you have the idatalink maestro rr.
    [ helen  Jun 14, 2018 ]
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    I'm sorry but do not know for sure....only that some vehicles can have preservation of things like that or tire pressure etc.
    [ William  Jun 14, 2018 ]
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    This radio can control climate, heated seats, performance gauges, etc. but it depends on what electronic interface your truck is equipped with. If it can be done, you would need idatalink-maestro wiring harness. Go to idatalink maestro website, enter your truck's info and radio type to see if it is compatible.
    [ Jeffrey  Jun 14, 2018 ]
    Q
    How does the screen look in bright sunlight?
    [ Adam  Jun 08, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    You ever seen the movie blind spot? Looks unbelievable on the 9909
    [ Matt  Mar 11, 2019 ]
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    Screen Is amazing. It is the same type of screen on an iPad.
    [ Danniel  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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    It's amazing you pay a little more but it's well worth the money. I have a sunroof in my Envoy and I can open it and still see the screen
    [ Donnie  Jun 08, 2018 ]
    Q
    Does Wireless Android Auto transmit music via WiFi or Bluetooth? If Bluetooth, can a Pixel 2 XL which supports AAC take advantage of that codec or does this unit only use AAC with iPhones?
    [ Jason  Jun 01, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    You can only run Android Auto on WiFi if you have a phone that is Android Pie (v9) which it just now releasing to the market. This deck is great for if/when your phone supports A-OS v9, all other Android auto is supported via USB cable as well.
    [ JAMES  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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    Most all of the data for wireless Android Auto is handled via Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is used primarily for control functions only. The Kenwood's AAC compatibility is not limited to apple devices. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
    [ Ryan  Jun 09, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does this automatically recognize when a apple or Android is plugged into a USB port or is there a separate designated port for each one.?
    [ Keith  May 29, 2018 ]
    3 answers
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    It will automatically recognize your Android.
    [ James  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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    There is a dedicated port for apple CarPlay. Don't use android so I don't know about that.
    [ Danniel  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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    I have an Android & I have used both ports without any problems.
    [ Cleophus  May 29, 2018 ]
    Q
    I thought the kenwoods had a reverse image setting for the front camera. Did they remove it? I can't find it.
    [ Richard  May 08, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    In addition to the backup camera input, the Kenwood DDX9905S features a composite video input for connecting a front dash-cam (sold separately), so you can display what's ahead of you on the head unit's touchscreen LCD monitor. For more details or to discuss further please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  May 23, 2018 ]  Staff
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    I'm probably not telling you something you don't already know, bur there are supposedly connections for each of a front and rear facing camera. Could it be that the front facing connection does what you're asking? If it's only that you can't find the connection I'm sorry to be unable to help.
    [ William  May 14, 2018 ]
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