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Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR

DVD receiver

Item # 113DDX9906

The Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR DVD receiver expands the ever-growing options for connecting smartphones...

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The Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR DVD receiver expands the ever-growing options for connecting smartphones...

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About the Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR

Superior wireless phone integration

The Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR DVD receiver expands the ever-growing options for connecting smartphones wirelessly by including wireless Android Auto™, wireless Apple CarPlay™, and Bluetooth™. Kenwood also includes lots of music options, as well as the superior sound quality and immersive sound-sculpting settings that personifies their Excelon Series. You can control the entire show using its gorgeous high definition 6.8" touchscreen display. Kenwood also backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Superior wireless phone integration

The Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR DVD receiver expands the ever-growing options for connecting smartphones wirelessly by including wireless Android Auto™, wireless Apple CarPlay™, and Bluetooth™. Kenwood also includes lots of music options, as well as the superior sound quality and immersive sound-sculpting settings that personifies their Excelon Series. You can control the entire show using its gorgeous high definition 6.8" touchscreen display. Kenwood also backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Take the phone out of your hand

Get the awesome convenience of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay 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. Your phone can stay put. The receiver and your smartphone link right up and you're ready to roll with all the voice-control wonderfulness that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay bring to driving. (Find out more at www.android.com/auto and www.apple.com/ios/carplay.) In addition, the DDX9906XR offers wireless screen mirroring for select Android phones, which lets you select apps directly from the Kenwood touchscreen.

And when your phone needs some juice, plug it in, and you'll still get access to all your navigation, phone calls, weather, text messages, and all your music through simple controls and voice commands you're familiar with while your battery charges.

(Please check the Details tab to ensure your Android device works with wireless Android Auto.)

More wireless convenience

Since yours is probably not the only phone used in your vehicle, the DDX9906XR 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. Load up the Kenwood Remote S app on your phone, and passengers can control some basic functions on this receiver wirelessly.

Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR

You can customize and personalize this receiver's beautiful 6.8" HD touchscreen display for the info you need the most.

A brilliant touchscreen display

This Kenwood's big 6.8" HD display with LED backlighting shows control, music, and navigation content in bright, clear detail. You can customize the touchscreen display to your taste by choosing from a wealth of colors and backgrounds. You can also create four "widget" shortcuts to quickly access the functions you use the most. When you're on the road, you can entertain your passengers by sending a movie from the receiver to a rear-seat screen, and the dual zone capability means you can still listen to your music or podcast up front.

Camera inputs like crazy

This receiver includes three camera inputs for backup cameras, front-dash cameras, and even side-view cameras in select vehicles. The DDX9906XR 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.

Turn up the radio

The DDX9906XR 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.

That Excelon sound and control

If you've got a high-res music library, the DDX9906XR supports high-res file playback, including FLAC, WAV, and DSD files on a USB drive. And once the music is playing, this receiver's 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.

Kenwood carefully selected the components that make up their Excelon radios, so you can take that audiophile sound on the road with you. The three pairs of gold-plated 5-volt RCA preamp outputs deliver an ultra-clean signal to your amplifiers. You'll also find deep crossover settings that you tweak every aspect of the overall sound and speaker setup you have in your vehicle.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The DDX9906XR 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, even radar info from a compatible detector. Once you've identified your vehicle, you'll see the iDatalink module offered on the way to the Shopping Cart if it's compatible.

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
    • 6.8" electrostatic capacitive HD touchscreen display with LED backlighting
    • Waze-ready with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
    • customizable display background and digital angle adjustment for better in-dash visibility
    • plays high-res FLAC and WAV (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
    • control the stereo using Kenwood's free Remote S app
    Smartphone Features:
    • wireless and wired Apple CarPlay compatible
      • works with Siri for voice commands
      • works with Apple HomeKit to link and control smart home devices like lights and thermostats
    • wireless and wired Android Auto compatible (see "Details" for more info on compatible Android phones)
      • works with Google Assistant for voice control and smart home device commands
    • music control and charging of Apple and select Android devices using the USB connections
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android
    • wireless screen mirroring from select Android phones
    Audio/Video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • sound-sculpting tools and digital processing
      • 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
      • immersive high, mid, and low frequency crossover settings for 3-way audio systems
      • 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 (with 3.3-foot extension cables), rear A/V input (mini), three camera inputs
    • outputs: rear A/V output (composite video and mini-jack audio), 6-channel gold-plated 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 # DDX9906XR

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ electronic 6.75" touchscreen monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Trim panel
    • 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)
    • 7" Male minijack to female RCA adapter cable
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty card

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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 Wireless
    Android Auto Wireless
    Siri Control CarPlay only
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch 6
    iPhone XSMax/XS/XR/X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S
    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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS) Apple, Google, Waze
    Navigation App Compatible (Android) Google,Waze
    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
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,FLAC,WAV
    High-res Playback WAV/FLAC (24-bit/192kHz)

    Product Research

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

    Android (Android Auto) & iPhone (CarPlay) Integration

    Android Auto Wireless: The Kenwood DDX9906XR supports the Android Auto app for select Android smartphones using a wired or wireless connection. You can connect Google's Pixel/Pixel XL, Pixel 2/2XL, Pixel 3/3XL, and Nexus 5X/6P (running Android OS 8.0 Oreo or higher and version 4.7 or higher of the Android Auto app) or Samsung's Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+, S10/S10+, and Note 8/9/10 (running Android OS 9.0 Pie or higher and version 4.7 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). 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 a simple on-screen interface that is simple to use in the vehicle. 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, listen to music, or even control select Google Assistant smarthome enabled devices.
    • 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, Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Slacker Radio, Tune-In, and more; as well as news, sports and talk radio apps. Music apps include song and station browsing, plus song/artist information and album art or station logo. Click here for a list of all compatible app for Android Auto.

    Notes:

    • The initial setup for Android Auto requires that your vehicle be stopped and the parking brake is engaged. You will need to connect the parking brake wire of the receiver's harness to your vehicle's parking brake circuit for the head unit to recognize that the vehicle's parking brake is engaged.
    • 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.

    Wireless Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay is a smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone with Lightning Connecter, and is specially designed for driving scenarios. Your iPhone can be connected to the Kenwood DDX9906XR wirelessly or via USB. A wireless connection to your compatible iPhone (iOS 9.0+) can be made using the Kenwood receiver's built-in WiFi (5GHz) and Bluetooth (2.4GHz) - requires both wireless connections. Or, you can choose to connect your compatible iPhone (iOS 7.1+) to the Kenwood receiver via USB. Your iPhone will need to 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). You can control CarPlay from the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls or use Siri to control to control CarPlay with just your voice. You'll be able to use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mails, send/receive text messages, select music, and even control Apple HomeKit compatible devices in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    • Navigation 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, you can choose to navigate via the Google Maps or Waze application instead of Apple Maps. Google Maps and Waze do not support Siri voice control, but will have their 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 (subscriptions and fees may apply). Control these apps from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include:
    • Apple HomeKit Compatible: CarPlay now supports control of Apple HomeKit enabled devices (sold separately) through Siri. Using CarPlay in your vehicle, you can ask Siri to close or open your garage door, turn on or off home lighting, increase or decrease the temperature of your thermostat, as well as control select functions of other Apple HomeKit enabled devices and appliances. Click here for a list of compatible Apple HomeKit products.

    Notes:

    • Wireless Apple CarPlay works best with a vehicle speed pulse connection. You will need either a radio replacement interface with a vehicle speed pulse connection or Kenwood's OBD-II Spped Pulse Generation (KNA-SPM100) - both sold separately. Alternatively, you can also hardwire the Kenwood receiver's speed pulse wire to your vehicle's speed pulse wire (this method is much more time consuming and requires more installation experience).
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay can be used without connecting the vehicle speed pulse wire by downloading the latest firmware update from Kenwood's website onto a USB thumbdrive and installing it in the Kenwood receiver. Although this software update makes installation easier, location and position accuracy for navigation maps will suffer without the VSS wire hooked up.
    • Only one Apple iPhone with CarPlay can be connected at a time. An Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 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.

    Miracast for Android (Wireless Mirroring): Wi-Fi Certified Miracast lets you wirelessly send the display of your compatible Android OS 4.2+ device that also supports Miracast to the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor. This allows you to view practically any content that is playing on your compatible Android device on the receiver's touchscreen (vehicle's parking brake must be engaged). Control will still be done from your Android device's touchscreen (not the Kenwood receiver). Click here to check for Miracast compatible Android smartphones and tablets.

    Notes:
    • Miracast (wireless mirroring) will require that the vehicle's parking brake be engaged to mirror your smartphone or view any content from your smartphone on the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen monitor. Only audio content will be heard without the vehicle's parking brake engaged.
    • The Apple iPhone does not support Miracast or wireless mirroring.

    iPod/iPhone Music Playback Only: If you don't desire Apple CarPlay, you can also connect your Lightning-connector Apple iPod/iPhone to the DDX9906XR 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 music browsing and playback control, 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 DDX9906XR 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.

    Note: Only one Apple Lightning-connector device can be connected at a time.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX9906XR is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/2/2019) -

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Pandora Spotify Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S/SE 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+/8/8+ 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    XS-Max/XS/XR/X 12.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 N N N N N N N N N N N Y N Y
    6th 12.1.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    nano
    7th 1.02 PC N N N N N N N N N N N Y N Y
    Notes:
    • 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.

    Built-In WiFi: The Kenwood DDX9906XR receiver's built-in WiFi can only be used for Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Wireless, and Wireless Mirroring via Miracast for select Android devices. The built-in WiFi is not designed to be used with WiFi hotspots.

    Cellular & Data Plan Requirements: Access to CarPlay and Android Auto 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 included GPS antenna must be installed for 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 DDX9906XR will also charge (5V/1.5A) your Android smartphone or Apple iPod/iPhone device while connected via USB with the vehicle's ignition switch set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 5.0: The Kenwood DDX9906XR is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 5.0 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 DDX9906XR. 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 DDX9906XR without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) or 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 DDX9906XR provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR, 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 DDX9906XR. 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DDX9906XR offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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 (no album art).
    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.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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. Subscriptions and fees will apply.

    • Pandora: The free Pandora App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ or Android OS 4.0+) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the DDX9906XR using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The Kenwood DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR has the ability to playback & control content from the Spotify music app (for Apple iOS 10.0+ 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 DDX9906XR. 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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. 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. The content within each category will be listed in alphabetical order.
    • 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 to the "grey" USB port and a USB thumbdrive to the "black" USB port 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 DDX9906XR 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, exFAT, 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
    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: 5000 x 5000
    PNG/BMP: 1000 x 1000
    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) 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 DDX9906XR 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.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Excelon Reference (XR) Series: The DDX9906XR 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-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Kenwood DDX9906XR utilizes a 24-bit/192kHz digital to analog converter (DAC) for superior sound quality with a signal to noise ratio up to 90.5dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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: You can 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. For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position & rear speaker location.

    • Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: 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.
    • Rear Speaker Location: You can indicate the location of your vehicle's Rear speakers. Choose from Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.

    Crossover Network: The Kenwood Excelon DDX9906XR lets you choose between a 2-way or 3-way crossover network for your car audio application.

    • 2-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a standard Tweeter, Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Speaker Size: 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
        • Subwoofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Front & Rear: high pass filter (HPF)
          • 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: low pass filter (LPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Midrange: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", or 6x9"
        • Woofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • HPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Midrange: high pass filter (HPF) & low pass filter (LPF)
          • HPF Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • LPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Woofer: low pass filter (LPF)
          • LPF Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB

    Equalizer: The Kenwood DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR 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 62.5 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 13-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

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

    AV/Camera/OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood DDX9906XR 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, SD, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the DVD receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    • If you select USB, SD, iPod, Disc, Spotify, Pandora, or Bluetooth as the main source; you cannot select USB as the AV output source.
    • If you select CarPlay or Android Auto as the main source; you cannot select Disc, micorSD, or USB as the AV output.
    Note: CarPlay, Android Auto, and Miracast 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. In addition, you can configure the unit's 3.5mm AV input with the help of the included minijack-to-composite video adapter cable to act as a camera input for adding a side-camera.

    • Parking Guide Lines: When a rear-view camera is connected to the dedicated rear view camera input 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 the dedicated rear view camera 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 DDX9906XR 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 DDX9906XR's touchscreen. You'll also control the DRV-N520's settings and parameters from the DRV-N520'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.

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.75" Electrostatic Capacitive Touchscreen: The Kenwood DDX9906XR 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 twelve most sources you use most to the first page of the Home Screen. Four 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 four preset background images (wallpapers) or you can download your own still image (800x600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Photo Frame Widget: You can even display a slideshow of images files (up to 500) stored on an inserted USB thumbdrive when on the Home Screen. Images must be JPEG (5000x5000), PNG (1000x1000), or BMP (1000x1000). Images remain on your USB device and are not downloaded to the head unit; the USB thumbdrive must be inserted for this feature to work.
    • 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).

    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.

    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 run 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 DDX9906XR 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 receiver. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.
    • 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.

    Parking Brake Interlock: 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.

    Note: The parking brake wire must also be connected and the parking brake engaged for certain setup functions and menu options.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    This unit and the DDX8906S have very similar specs when you look down the line. I chose to spend the extra on the 9906 because I figured out that the viewing angle on the LCD is much wider than on the 8906. [ Brian W.  Sep 23, 2019 ]
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    Had a tough time between Pioneer and Kenwood, I had multiple resources recommend the Kenwood over Pioneer. I picked this model for Wireless Android Auto and Wireless Apple Carplay, The 720p HD screen, and Capacitive touch which was similar to what I had already and will support multi-touch gestures from my phone through android auto. [ jmatcuk  Sep 08, 2019 ]
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    A review said the display was readable in bright daylight. [ Steve  May 20, 2019 ]
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    Best radio out right now [ Ramon  May 09, 2019 ]

    14 questions already asked

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    Couple of questions about compatibility with a 2015 Nissan Frontier with Meastro RR. 1) Can you see car info like tire pressure, etc? 2) Does the steering wheel button work for android assistant? (wireless android auto if it matters) 3) Can you still use the OEM USB port in the center console?
    [ claytown  Oct 02, 2019 ]
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    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Krissy  Oct 17, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Can you use Bluetooth for calls an android auto at same time if hardwired?
    [ Kevin  Sep 15, 2019 ]
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    Yes Android auto handles the directions and music and Bluetooth is for the phone calls
    [ Ramon  Sep 15, 2019 ]
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    Yes.
    [ BRIAN  Sep 15, 2019 ]
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    Are there automatic software updates?
    [ Dustin  Aug 25, 2019 ]
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    No, you need to download the firmware into a USB stick and load it on the unit.
    [ Gustavo Daniel  Aug 26, 2019 ]
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    No. You have to apply the update via a USB flash drive. There are detailed instructions on Kenwood's website. I received this unit one week ago. It arrived with up to date firmware (April 2019, I believe).
    [ Tyler  Aug 25, 2019 ]
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    The DDX9906XR has a 1280x720 HD display but can it play actual high definition (720p) video from external sources? (I'm not referring to playing low-resolution standard definition video or HD video that has been down converted to low-resolution standard definition through the 3.5mm AV In jack.)
    [ Timothy  Aug 18, 2019 ]
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    It will support MPEG-4/H.264: max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps and WMV/MKV: max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps from a USB memory stick.
    [ Cosmo  Aug 28, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Can the unit support 2 apple devices? I see that there are dual rear usb ports. Can I run an ipod from one and my iphone from the other? Or is one of the USB ports dedicated strictly to android devices? The description is confusing.
    [ Dan  Jul 09, 2019 ]
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    The Black USB port is compatible with Apple devices and USB flash drives. the Grey USB is compatible with Android devices and USB flash drives. You cannot use two apple devices, or two android devices at the same time.
    [ Calvin  Jul 17, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Does this receiver help CarPlay gps reception from my iPhone?
    [ Jason  Jul 07, 2019 ]
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    It does indeed! You will have install the included GPS antenna, this assists Apple Carplay and Android Auto in tracking your vehicle's location, especially in low cell-signal areas!
    [ Calvin  Jul 16, 2019 ]  Staff
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    What's the difference vs the previous 9905s model?
    [ claytown  Jul 06, 2019 ]
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    Wireless Apple CarPlay is available on the 9906XR while a USB cable is needed for CarPlay on the 9905S. For my "nice" car, I ordered the 9906XR, but saved the money and bought the 9905S for my other two cars where I didn't mind the short USB wires running from the flush dash-mounted USB ports to my magnetic iPhone holders. I believe both models are wireless Android Auto.
    [ Mark  Jul 09, 2019 ]
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    The huge difference is apple CarPlay is wireless now. Other than that I think it's just an additional camera input.
    [ Evan  Jul 08, 2019 ]
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    I have a 18 Wrx/Sti (non nav/non hk sound system, 7" starlink hu) and was wondering if anyone has addressed the stock 6v back up camera? Are you installing a Metra 12v to 6v step down converter for this Kenwood HU?
    [ Evan  Jun 21, 2019 ]
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    It does not appear we currently carry a wiring harness to retain the OEM backup camera with an aftermarket radio. You can always replace the factory backup camera with an aftermarket camera which would use the same RCA video input as the new radio. If we pick up any new OEM installation products for that Subura that add factory functionality we will update the website. If you have any questions you can also chat with one of our friendly product advisors here: https://bit.ly/2QNxGQB
    [ Cosmo  Jul 03, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Is there an auxiliary port in the back?
    [ Anthony  Jun 17, 2019 ]
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    I do not see an auxiliary port in the back.
    [ Mark  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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    It comes with a 7" Male mini-jack to female RCA adapter cable used for plugging in a 3.5mm analog source. You can use a 3.5mm extension cable like this Scosche is you need something longer than 7" https://bit.ly/2XdW8C9
    [ Cosmo  Jun 27, 2019 ]  Staff
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    There is not. Not that I can see, at least
    [ Mickey  Jun 26, 2019 ]
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    Yes, the "AV-IN" port accepts audio input with a standard TRS 3.5mm connector as well as video input using a TRRS connector (one is included but is video-only, you will see what I mean).
    [ Kyle  Jun 26, 2019 ]
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    Yes
    [ Michael  Jun 26, 2019 ]
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    Can the front camera be reversed (mirror image)?
    [ Arch  May 31, 2019 ]
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    The proprietary DRV-N520 dash cam does not have a mirror image toggle because it is already oriented as a front-facing camera. We do sell cameras that have the ability to switch between mirror and reverse image but that is a feature that is in the camera not the Kenwood radio. If you have questions about which cameras will have this feature you can use the filters on the website or connect with one of our friendly product advisors here: https://bit.ly/2QNxGQB
    [ Cosmo  Jun 08, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Ready made harness does not communicate with my cars vehicle speed sensor, therefore I cannot use the wireless Apple CarPlay feature. Previous review states easy installation with a 2017 4Runner. I have a 2018 4Runner and would like to know if that person had any issues and if Crutchfield has any workarounds?
    [ Jacob  May 26, 2019 ]
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    Vehicle speed sensor also doesn't work with my 2016 Subaru, but it doesn't require me to have that in order to use wireless CarPlay
    [ Dan  May 26, 2019 ]
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    I have the same issue in my 2017 WRX Limited with the premium sound. At the beginning, Apple wireless Carplay works without no issues. But after couple stop signs, it keeps showing to connect the VSS wire to use Apple Carplay. I have to plug in my iPhone to use Apple Carplay and when I unplug it, wireless Carplay works no problem. I recently changed the battery on the car and now, wireless Carplay doesn't work anymore. I'm not sure what's the problem is. I connected the pink VSS wire from the Maestro RR harness to the pink wire on the headunit which is that what it shows on the installation guide/instructions from iDataLink website. I never had a problem using Apple wireless Carplay on the Pioneer W4400NEX headunit, maybe it's the Kenwood headunit is the issue here.
    [ arempee26  May 26, 2019 ]
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    Some of the additional vehicle features don't seem to be compatible, like you said (vehicle speed, etc). However my wireless carplay works fantastic. I believe somewhere in the guides it said that it wouldn't work unless the small gps antenna was connected and is able to get signal. Once you get Bluetooth hooked up you can setup your phone to connect via WiFi which seems to be better for music transfer.
    [ Chris  May 26, 2019 ]
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    I don't see the physical dimensions of this radio. I am hoping to put this in my 2015 freightliner cascadia semi. Will it work?
    [ michael  May 14, 2019 ]
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    Unfortunately, we do not have as much research on Big Rigs like we do consumer vehicles. However, one of our advisors can definitely help you with figuring out the dimensions and if it can be made to fit! You can get in touch with us here: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
    [ Calvin  May 22, 2019 ]  Staff
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    is there a dual usb port that works with the android auto?
    [ Will  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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    Douglas is correct! You can use one of the USB ports for Android Auto (the grey one) and then use the Black USB port for a thumb drive too My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
    [ Paul  Apr 17, 2019 ]  Staff
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    Yes. I've been using Android Auto with my DDX9906XR.
    [ Douglas  Apr 12, 2019 ]
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    Will you match an active 10% off item coupon on a competitor website? I checked out the terms and conditions and I am hoping I can work with you.
    [ Dave  Mar 30, 2019 ]
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    We do price match with some select competitors but we can't match promos, coupons or other similar offers. We do our best to be competitive but we also offer many services and assurances our competitors do not. Here are a few https://bit.ly/2ZeQ7m7 If you have any additional questions about price matching or products you can also reach one of our friendly Product Advisors via phone, email or chat here: https://bit.ly/2QNxGQB
    [ Cosmo  Apr 14, 2019 ]  Staff
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