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Great radio, *BUT* if you are looking to do Garmin add-on, +$100
on May 8, 2012
So I was excited for the possibilities of this radio after reading about the features and specs, and ran into some mind puzzling gotchas
1) just to note, at the time I put this review together, the images shown for this product here on the site are for the DDX-719, it is *not* the 419, which has less screen real estate and has a volume knob and a few buttons on the left side of the unit
2) there is NO way to hook up an iPod/iPhone/whatever without using one of Kenwood's separately purchased cables, which is fine, most manufacturers do this (like Pioneer), but the stinger is that the *only* place to hook it up to is the front of the head unit, meaning leaving that cable plugged in there while your car is parked is a "hey steal me" flag to a could-be radio thief... yes, you can lean on the Bluetooth connectivity to be wire free, but this gives you super basic "play/next/prev" functionality only.... if you have large libraries, this is less than ideal
3) Kenwood's literature and hype boast about the Garmin navigation app tie in.... they make it clear where to go in the iTunes store to get it, where it is obvious that the app is $49, but what they DON'T mention (nor at this time does the app's description in iTunes) that you ALSO need to spend $49 on an "in-app" upgrade to make the video output work with this radio.... so if you want navigation, it's $100, not the $50 that Kenwood leads one to believe...
4) Bluetooth audio is finicky at best.... sometimes it auto connects, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it will auto play the iPhone, sometimes it doesn't
All in all, great concept for a radio, and a great price (even with having to spend $30 on the KCA-IP22F cable and $100 on the iPhone app, it's still under $500 for a full featured radio)...