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KENWOOD DNX9960 eXcelon In-Dash 2-DIN AV Navigation System w/ Built-in Bluetooth 6.95"

by Kenwood
3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • 6.95" Motorized WVGA Advanced Resolution Touchscreen
  • Built-in Garmin Navigation w/3D Building Maps
  • Lane Assist with Junction View
  • Built-in NAVTEQ Traffic w/Lifetime Subscription
  • Advanced Voice Recognition for Navigation and Connected Sources
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Kenwood
  • Model Number: DNX9960

Product Description

Kenwood DNX9960 Double Din In dash Navigation with Built-in DVD Player Garmin GPS Navigation Built-In 3D views of buildings in many metropolitan areas Lane Assist feature tells the driver which lane he should be in to ensure you never miss a turn or exit Text to speech announces street names Gesture commands like dragging your finger on a map make functions easy to use VGA screen has a higher resolution than any other in-dash monitor on the market Voice commands allows you to operate most features by talking Built in 5.1 channel decoding 3 custom display skins Picture in Picture function Maps can be upgraded through an SD card 5.1 channel preamp outputs including a center channel preamp Advanced AVN5 chip for fastest possible GPS navigation processing Navigation maps are built into the memory of the DNX9960 making it load even faster 13 band equalizer - this is the best built in EQ out of any other in-dash receiver (most are 3, 5, or7 band - this one is way better! Digital Signal Processing with a ton of advanced sound adjustment options Parrot Bluetooth built in Built in iPod audio interface through the USB input - simply plug your iPod into the USB with the cable that is included with your iPod For iPod video playback you will need KCA-IP301V 6.95" TFT-LCD Monitor display TMC traffic ready SD Card slot Roadside assistance ready Reverse tilt mechanism allows the top of the monitor to tilt forward and eliminate glare Fully motorized display with tilt controls, and flip down face to reveal disc slot Touch Screen Display Variable color illumination

Product Information

Technical Details

Item Weight 9.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.4 x 10.3 x 8.5 inches
Item model number DNX9960
Display Type LCD

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #662 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Video > In-Dash Navigation
#1,822 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Vehicle GPS
Shipping Weight 9.7 pounds
Date First Available October 2, 2000

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I had high hopes for the successor to the most excellent DNX9140 (which I own in my pick-up truck). The DNX9960's new UI is quite slick, and it works really well. Kenwood is shooting for an iPhone-like UI on the main screen. They did a decent job with it. Other than that, the basic features and functions of the stereo, iPod integration, Bluetooth, and navigation system are all identical to the aforementioned 9140...

Except: The "free" NAVTEQ traffic add-on isn't free. It comes with a catch: advertisements. On the main navigation screen, you will get pop-up ads for local businesses. They are, in my opinion, very tedious, distracting, and bothersome. And there's no way to disable them other than to disable NAVTEQ.

Consider this point very carefully before purchasing this unit. I really think Kenwood screwed the pooch with this move, and had I known this before hand, I'd have just purchased another 9140 for my car. Caveat Emptor, as the saying goes...
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This is the best navigation receiver on the market. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I don't think there are any DVD Navigation systems out there worth 5 stars. This is the only one I've seen so far worth 4, the mobile electronics companies just aren't putting enough effort into these. Either the interface/playback is great and the navigation is bad or the nav is great but the playback/interface is lame. This unit has AWESOME navigation and, overall, great interface/playback.

Overall this is the best head unit I've ever owned. I've previously owned very nice alpine units but the alpine navigation is behind the times. If Alpine had garmin or tomtom (or magellan or delorme, basically any competent mainstream GPS brand) I would've bought an alpine unit, I don't understand why all the companies don't just pay the GPS makers to integrate their units. But, for me, if I was going to buy a unit with a GPS, I wanted a reliable GPS. The only thing about this receiver that REALLY bothers me is the slow iPod song changing but it isn't too bad or enough to make me switch to any of the other units I tested before making a decision.

- Garmin is AWESOME (but most people already know that), I even have a 4runner vehicle icon and sexy australian voice.
- Customizable backgrounds for the startup and playback screens are a great feature compared to the bland screens most units use.
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If you get the urge to buy this product, lie down until it passes. Here are the deficiencies that I have fopund after using it for over a year:

1. The time and date are displayed in type so small that they are virtually invisible from more than a foot away.
2. The control buttons, which are frustratingly multi-purpose, are so small they are virtually invisible except when lighted. Also, they are placed at the point that one would touch when trying to use the touch screen. I have frequently had the CD player access door open when trying to do something else.
3. The iPOD interface frequently freezes or reboots my iPOD. I have two iPODs and this occurs with both, but does not happen with my inside iPOD dock.
4. From time to time the Bluetooth interface refuses to allow my phone to call out, either through the interface or from the phone directly. I have to disconnect the phone from the Bluetooth interface to use it.

I paid a large premium for the DNX9960 in order to have it professionally installed. I would not buy this again, nor would I recommend this product to anyone.

John Vowell
Glen Ellyn, IL
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I did extensive research on head units and the 9960 got the best reviews. I replaced a factory OEM system in my 03 Chevy Avalanche with this and if I had it to do it all over again I would not.

There are some cool features of this unit and the Garmin NAV/GPS is top notch but the non-GPS user interface (all of the audio and video) is 2nd rate and poorly designed for usability while driving. I did purchase the steering wheel controls which do help somewhat with this problem. Response time isn't good and when you do hit/touch/fat finger the wrong option as it takes too much time to come back to where you need to. Fat fingering is a problem due to the design issues of the on screen touch menus.

The sound is better now that I had my installation fixed (the first installer was a train wreck) but the GMOS-04 still has issues playing nicely with the BOSE Amp in my truck. I get cracking and popping at volumes about 24 if I don't use a little trick that the new installer taught me.

I wish Kenwood would give some real thought to fixing some of the usability issues and incorporate the many suggestions from their customer forums into the next firmware update.

*** 3/25/11 Update - NAV Problem ***

While I gave the Garmin component of this unit high marks for the interface it failed us miserably on an important recent trip. The Garmin NAV component locked up and gave us a 'Map Locked / No Map Data Available' error which has rendered the GPS functionality unusable. Kenwood and Garmin's only answer is to pull the unit out and send it to one of Kenwood's national service centers. Never mind that I will have to pay to have it pulled and reinstalled but I will also have to drive around 2 weeks without a stereo or bluetooth. This is a totally unacceptable situation.
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