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Kenwood Excelon DNX6960 6.1" In-Dash Double-DIN Navigation DVD Receiver

by Kenwood
3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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  • Includes built-in Garmin navigation, Bluetooth,iPod connection, USB music streaming, front panel A/V input,output; add Kenwood adapters
  • 4 x 50 Watts maximum power with three 5V preamp outputs (front/rear/sub) and crossover system
  • AM/FM radio, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, VCD, MP3/WMA/AAC, MPEG1, JPEG, iPod, USB, Bluetooth receiver with built-in Garmin navigation
  • 6.1-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with WVGA 800 x 480 pixel resolution
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Kenwood
  • Model Number: DNX6960
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year

Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

The DNX6960 navigation receiver wraps together navigation, Bluetooth®, and the stellar audio/video performance you expect from Kenwood's flagship Excelon line. And this high-performance addition to your car's system fits perfectly in the double-sized opening in your dash.


Getting there is now more fun thanks to eXcelon AV navigation systems. With full-featured navigation from Garmin, a brilliant 6.1-inch touchscreen, support for a variety of media, and expansion options aplenty, the Kenwood DNX6960 will keep on track and well-entertained.

Getting there is now more fun thanks to eXcelon AV navigation systems. Click to enlarge.

3D Building Map displays realistic images of prominent landmarks and buildings.

Lane Assist guides you to the appropriate lane to be in for upcoming directional changes.

An improved GUI makes split-screen operation easier to operate.

Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free operation.

Flick through and browse for music albums, video titles, photographs, etc. on connected media.

Navigation Features

3D Building Map
3D Building Map displays realistic images of prominent landmarks and buildings in major North American cities. This function provides an appealing birds-eye view that makes getting to your destination more enjoyable.

Lane Assist with Junction View
Enjoy advanced notification using Lane Assist with Junction View: As the name suggests, Lane Assist guides you to the appropriate lane to be in for upcoming directional changes such as at junctions or interchanges, and Junction View displays a view of upcoming road details to enable smooth driving as you approach.

Built-in NAVTEQ Traffic Data (Requires KNA-NT100)
NAVTEQ provides real-time traffic data for over 80 major cities in North America. This means that if traffic is congested up ahead, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to get you to your destination in the shortest amount of time.

Additional Navigation Features

  • Easy-To-Use GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Over 6 million points of interest
  • Program Up To 500 waypoints For long trips
  • Text-To-Speech (TTS) Voice Guidance (English, French, Spanish)
  • Selectable 2D or 3D Map Display
  • Track Log Display
  • Trip Computer
  • ecoRoute

AV Features

Control of iPhone, iPod and Video Playback
The DNX6960 is compatible with iPhone and iPod models as well as video playback. In addition to conventional searches for playlists, artists, albums and genres, additional search commands can also be performed for music videos, TV shows, movies, video playlists, etc. via the convenience of Voice Control Command.

Flick Through and Browse
A function similar to iPod�s Cover Flow is now featured on the DNX6960, allowing users to flick through and browse for music albums, video titles, photographs, etc. on connected media; the contents or titles of selected sources on the screen can also be viewed.

Split Screen
An improved GUI makes split-screen operation easier to operate. For example, the split screen displays two different screens side by side while the primary and secondary screens allow you to toggle between two frequently used screens via touch-screen operation.

Built-in Bluetooth
The eXcelon DNX6960 comes equipped with built-in Bluetooth capability to enable handsfree operation so you can keep your hands on the steering wheel where they belong and concentrate on the road ahead.

6.1-Inch Touchscreen with Variable Illumination
The DNX6960 puts intuitive control right at your fingertips with its 6.1" TFT Active Matrix Display and powerful, easy-to-use graphical user interface. Customize the unit's front panel illumination by choosing from a large palette of colors--match your interior tones, dash lighting, or whatever tickles your fancy. Selectable wallpapers and customizable backgrounds offer further personalization.

Enjoy Your Favorite Media
The DNX6960 is a media powerhouse, letting you play your favorite CDs and DVDs, along with several digital audio and video formats. The unit accepts DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, VCD and DTS-CD discs. It plays back AAC, MP3 and WMA audio files; MPEG1 video files; and can display JPEG images. Throw your files on a disc or a USB device and enjoy them in your vehicle wherever you are.

And of course, you can still listen to the AM/FM radio. Use Auto Memory to automatically add stations with good reception to presets, or enter them manually. The DNX6960 displays FM radio text when available, traffic information, and allows you to enter station names.

USB Direct Control
You can enjoy your favorite music, video or images from USB devices like flash drives or MP3 players. When connecting a USB device, playback starts automatically. When a battery-powered USB device like an MP3 player is connected to this unit, it also gets a charge, so it's ready to go with you when you exit the vehicle.

Input and Output
In addition to the iPod and USB support, you can use the DNX6960's front auxiliary A/V input to connect external audio/video sources like video game systems.

The unit also features an A/V output for sending content to an additional screen in the vehicle.

Plenty of Power, Room to Grow
The DNX6960 features an on-board 50W x 4 MOSFET amplifier, but also offers three sets of 5V preamp outputs (front/rear/subwoofer) for building your system.

System E's+ Crossover System
A single IC that allows the user to select from 8 different high-pass filter crossover frequencies plus pass-through, with independent selection for front and rear outputs. This makes it easy to optimize the performance of all amps and speakers in a car audio system without needing an external electronic crossover. System E's+ also incorporates a phase switch and low-pass filter for the non-fading output. The low-pass filter has selectable cutoff frequencies of 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz and Through.

System Q EX Sound Control
Five factory pre-set equalization curves (Rock, Top40, Pops, Jazz and Easy, plus a flat setting) and three speaker matching curves (OEM, 6x9, 5/4 plus a flat setting) that can be combined to give the user extreme flexibility over the sound's tonal character. The preset curves include midrange contouring, giving music more clarity and presence. System Q EX allows the user to modify the preset curves by changing the amplitude of the bass, midrange and treble compensation, and the Q of the bass and midrange compensation. The new curves can then be saved as presets for future recall

HD and SAT Radio Ready
The DNX6960 allows you to enjoy SIRIUS (requires CA-SR20V cable + Sirius Tuner) or XM (requires KCA-XM100V + XM Mini Tuner) radio in your vehicle. Enjoy a multitude of channels featuring music, news, talk shows, sports and traffic information with CD quality sound.

You can also add an HD Radio tuner (requires KTC-HR300). When you connect an HD Radio, Tuner features of the unit are disabled and changed to HD Radio tuner features.

Rear Camera Input
The DNX6960 is ready for a rear camera, allowing you to monitor behind your vehicle as you back up.

What's in the Box
Kenwood DNX6960, GPS Antenna, Sleeve, Trim Ring, Wiring Harness, Installation Tools/Hardware, Installation Manual, User's Manual, Navigation Manual, Warranty Card.

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging

Technical Details

Item Weight 4.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 4.4 x 6.3 x 7.2 inches
Origin Made in USA or Imported
Item model number DNX6960
Display Type LCD
Wireless Remote No
Warranty 1 year

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #587 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Video > In-Dash Navigation
#1,614 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Vehicle GPS
Shipping Weight 6.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available October 2, 2000

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UPDATED REVIEW: My earlier review only gave this unit 4/5 stars because it wouldn't download the address book from my iPhone 3G. Please read on and see how this issue was resolved.

I got this unit yesterday at Mickey Shorr (Canton, MI). They installed it in my 2006 Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer in about an hour and I was off and running. The iPod integration is top notch. Using the touchscreen controls I instantaneously scroll back and forth between songs. So for the guy who installed this unit in his F-150, I'm not sure why you're experiencing the latency issue of 10-15 seconds to scroll to the next song, or go back one track. I feel bad for him because I'm thrilled with the speed and ease of use. The GPS is from Garmin who I believe to be the best. GPS in the unit is very accurate and could NOT be easier to use. Overall, with 15-20 minutes of fooling around I was able to master all the controls of the DNX6960 and same with my wife (since it's in her car).

I formerly had an issue with the unit in which it couldn't download the address book from my iPhone 3G (software version 4.1). The phone paired with the unit instantly (AWESOME!) but would not download my address book. The letters "DL" would show up at the top of the telephone screen for 3-4 seconds and disappear. This told me the address was being downloaded, but the address book touch screen icon was still greyed out. Low and behold, by mistake I found where the installer hid the bypass switch and it was set to "ON." So I figured this meant the unit was in bypass mode, meaning the parking break IS BYPASSED from having to be engaged to watch videos and download the address book. Apparently not because when I flipped it to the "OFF" position just for the hell of it, the address book touch screen icon became active.
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You can find the full review at [...]. I am returning this unit. Be aware that all 2012 models likely have the same problem.

When you plug-in a USB with very few songs on it (e.g., say <500 MB), it takes about 15 seconds to recognize the ID tags of the music (e.g., artist, genre, album, title). Slow, but not a huge issue. When you plug-in a USB with what I consider a small library (e.g., about 4GB worth of music), it takes about 90 seconds to recognize the ID tags. I have a 16 GB USB that has 14 GB on it (about 2,500 songs). I've waited over 1 hour and it still will not recognize the ID tags. As a result, you can ONLY access the folder structure on the USB. You cannot search for songs by artist, genre, album, title, etc. The options for category list, links, etc. will all be grayed out - you will not be able to access them. This unit is useless if you can't search for an album to play, or an artist, or even a song.

Ergo, if you plan to use this unit with a USB that will have more than just a few songs, do not buy this unit. As all 2012 units have the same firmware, they will all have this problem. Kenwood acknowledged the problem, but said that's just the way it is. A pretty awful response if you ask me.

This is a $1000 unit. At that price point, there are some very basic things - like being able to search by artist, genre, album, title - that it has to be able to do. As it cannot do it with more than a few songs, this is a joke. Basic testing should have caught this before it even left the lab. And as it appears it's been a problem in past models, they should have specifically fixed it.

The user interface on this is pretty awful and the ability to customize is even worse (e.g.
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I was looking at the DNX9960 and this unit to replace the Pioneer F90BT that started to give trouble. I ended up going with this unit because it was much more affordable, the features I were interested in were more or less the same, and the form and screen size were very similar to the F90BT. It is not as modifiable as the pioneer but performance-wise it surpasses the F90BT by far. The interface is easy to learn, however setting the configuration for the optimum sound took a little work. The garmin navigation is my preference - I am familiar with the interface and maps are easily available for any area (I am not using this unit in the US). The pre-outs are 5volt as compared to the 3volts on the pioneer. I am using this with an infinity 5350A multichannel amplifier and infinity components with a pioneer low-profile subwoofer, and the sound I am getting now as compared to the pioneer seems to be packing a little more juice. All in all, I am very satisfied with this head unit and would recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade. GO GET ONE.
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Kenwood Excelon DNX6960 6.1" In-Dash Double-DIN Navigation DVD Receiver

I purchased the DNX 6960 unit and had it professionally installed in my Lincoln MKZ. I also purchased the iPod cable and pac swijack...off subject, but both of THOSE items were excellent.
Back to the DNX 6960:
I decided that this was a great "inexpensive" Excelon unit. Kenwood is a phenomenal brand and Excelon is their flagship model. Unfortunaeltly, after having the system installed for a week, I put my first cd in the unit. It proceeded to play, and it sounded extraordinary (after tweaking the sound previously). It wasnt until I decided to eject the CD that I had an issue...."MECHA ERROR". It just sits there and all you hear is a bunch of internal movement. The CD is stuck and now it won't play anything the CD anymore! :P
Although that is a definite turn off...especially because the same slot for the cd player also hosts the dvd player, I can still use the other features.

I was thoroughly pleased with the GPS of this unit - Dead on accurate! Screen is beautiful! Touch is responsive! Sound is amazing! Phone feature awesome! EVERYTHING but the CD/DVD player issue has kept me extremely pleased. I am giving this review a 4 out of 5 because I really don't listen to CD's all too often since I have my ipod, and you can't watch a DVD and drive. It deserves a good rating on absolutely EVERYTHING else! I know not very many people will have an issue like mine. If you are looking for a great all around unit, this is the one. I just wish you all better luck than I had.

Update: 5 star rating!
Eject button is now working every time that it is pressed.
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