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Kenwood DNX9980HD eXcelon In-Dash Multimedia Navigation System

3.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 7.09 inches, 7.19 inches, 3.94 inches
  • Weight: 5.93 pounds
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Product Description

7.0 inch Wide VGA colour TFT Removable faceplate Bluetooth built-in (handsfree profile/audio profile/SMS) Built in Garmin Navigation system (new platform), V.13 preloaded map data 5.1 DSP, 5.1ch preout 2x iPod, iPhone USB direct control (Requires KCA

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.1 x 7.2 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 5.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 9.7 pounds
ASIN B004V3CZXW
Item model number DNX9980HD
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3.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #704 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Video > In-Dash Navigation
#1,928 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Vehicle GPS

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I've had this system for a few weeks now and really like it. There are more inputs into this system than I will probably ever use. But I like the option of having them there should I ever want to use them. I will say, the only thing that kept me from giving this product 5 stars, is the fact is has a slow user interface. Kenwood released a new firmware version (v1.3.0 at the time of this review) that was supposed to fix some reported issues. I saw a minor improvement, but not much. But, don't let a slow interface deter you. I only notice the lag because I'm a tech nerd and I've owned other stereo systems (Pioneer AVIC-F90BT) to compare with. I liked my Pioneer stereo, but this system blew Pioneer out of the water.

The maps on the system are great because they are Garmin. In fact, Kenwood is the only aftermarket audio stereo system that has Garmin maps. This stereo is also the only one on the market that can interface with your vehicle's computer to provide diagnostics of your engine. Kenwood & Garmin take advantage of your vehicle's OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostics) port via a bluetooth module, ecoRoute. It can track your vehicle's fuel performance so you know how much fuel you are consuming.

This stereo also has built-in traffic receiver. So if you have heavy traffic along your GPS route, your system will try to find alternate routes to avoid the traffic!

To add to this great product, is a great forum. KenwoodForums.com is loaded with very knowledgeable people that can help those novice installers and experienced moders troubleshoot any problems you may incur.
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I know allot of reviewers have valid complaints. My experience so far has been it's a decent product. Still some design flaws but not nearly as slow as people make it out to be. Tings I do not like so far are the ease that I press the AUD button by accident when trying to press the pause button on the LCD to pause the music that seems to start playing after every restart of the car. really annoying but I can live with it. Also you would think after all this time that Garmin would give us a decent voice with the navi system. I can't stand it.

Love the 3D and the full screen graphics of the intersection turn off. Love the BT options and the Eco add on! Love the traffic warning and it actually can avoid traffic pretty well in LA County. Not easy to do lol!
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I had purchased and have been very happy with the older version of this unit. This one has a larger display, which is nice, but the old ones had a volume knob, to more or less instantly lower or raise the volume to match the traffic noise or whatever without really even having to think about it or look away from the road. This one has tiny "up" and "down" buttons and is overall much less intuitive to use.

UPDATE- After almost a year, I can say that I hate this thing. I like Kenwood nav units in general, but not this one. The lack of a volume knob is something I never got used to, and ejecting a disk requires going through several layers of menus. These are things that on other models you can do without even looking at the unit. Also, with all of the Kenwood DVD/Nav units, you really need the remote control if you want to play DVDs. The touch screen is very difficult to use with on-screen DVD menus. I now have used four different models of these, and this is the only one I hate.
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By MJ on February 19, 2013
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I love it. I have had a couple issues though. The first is my mobile phone doesnt allow me to always see or hear the txt msg and my phonebook doesn't download to the stereo. I manually input my favorite. other than those minor issues I love this head unit.
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This was a good unit up to the day the hard drive crashed in it and there is no way to reimage.... turned the $900 piece into scrap after 1.5 years in use. I never could get it to sync up to my steering wheel controls in the 2005 Jetta TDI either, even with the recomended modules.
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This system is really great concerning the navigation option and radio performance. The options for Pandora Blue tooth and other features are top notch but the hands free when trying to make a call when driving has been totally over thought. My cheap little Motorola devise worked 10 times better. It is actually dangerous trying to make a call because you have to keep looking at the screen to eventually pick out the number that you want to call then it almost never recognizes your speach to actually make the call and you then have to press the call button to dial the number. When you hit the dial button it never dials the number on the first try so you need to repeatedly press the button to make the call. The entire process of trying to make a hands free call is slow and painstakingly long. On the other hand receiving a call is great. This works well and the sound is great. I try to avoid making calls because of the lenghty and poorly thought out process to get to a number that you need dial. Hopefully someone at Kenwood will actually try to use this feature and see how dangerous it is and then try to fine tune that feature.
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My son owns a custom audio installation business and I am familiar with many brands of receivers and this is by far the most advanced unit I have seen to date. If this radio doesn't have what you want, then you don't need it.
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