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Kenwood eXcelon DNX9990HD Automobile Audio/Video GPS Navigation System

3.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 15.5 inches, 10.5 inches, 8.5 inches
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Product Description

eXcelon products incorporate the latest technologies and deliver the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer systems, high voltage preouts and two-year warranty, eXcelon represents the very best product available.   Garmin GPS Navigation System - DNX models offer the world's leading GPS navigation system by Garmin. With preloaded NAVTEQ® map data of the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, choose from different intuitive map view options including split-screen AV control.   Navteq Traffic - NAVTEQ provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America, including Canada.  If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily!  Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route.  Navteq Traffic offers great value as it includes a lifetime service subscription.   Lane Assist with Photo Real Junction View - The Lane Assist function guides you to the appropriate lane to be in for upcoming junctions and interchanges, while Photo Real Junction View displays a realistic view of upcoming road details facilitating a safer navigation experien

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.5 x 10.5 x 8.5 inches
Item Weight 8.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 8.5 pounds
Item model number DNX9990HD
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3.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #731 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Video > In-Dash DVD & Video Receivers
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OK. Past review of my Kenwood DDX8120 shows that I was MISERABLE with that hunkajunk that took a dirt nap after less than three years. Swore off Kenwood for life. Replaced the burned out technotrash 8120 with an Alpine INA-W910 and the heartache began anew. Horrible Alpine navi. Nanny warnings before every attempt to change something while driving. Push emergency brake, engage brake, release emergency brake, release brake. Sheer Alpine torture. Then, after skipping a couple generations of Kenwood navis, I finally relented and looked into the 9990HD. Glad I did.

GUI is exponentially faster. Iconography is intuitive and slick. The Garmin is...well, a Garmin. So, here's a breakdown of the pros and cons as I see them after having played with this unit a bit.

Not a Bose POS
Screamingly fast GUI
A2DP blu-tooth streaming so I can hardwire my iTouch for optimal sound for my audio library and use blu-tooth to stream my beloved WEEI sports radio meatheads from Boston
Virtually INSTANT!!! rear camera usability - this unit does not need to fully boot before the rear cam comes on - AWESOME!!!
Split screen navi so you can switch/control your audio sources while still seeing the map on your GUI...AND use your backup camera while driving to catch a glimpse of the punks riding your rear bumper
Tons of options for customizing your sound (I've got Diamond Audio S600s components in front driven by a JL Audio 300/4 bridged to 150 rms per speaker and a JL Audio 10W6V2 sub driven by a JL Audio 250/1 dedicated amp so this system ROCKS!
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I've had this unit for about a week now in my 2012 Dodge Challenger and I must say I am very impressed. Pioneer has got nothing on Kenwood! I have heard of the previous generation models being sluggishly slow but this is not the case at all with these new units. The processor has been upgraded and it shows! When I first bought the unit it came with firmware 1.2, it was fast but after I upgraded to 1.5 the functions are almost instantaneous. The GPS is very good considering its basically a Garmin unit built right in. It has all the same features and quality you would come to expect from a Garmin. I added an addition backup camera and it looks great on screen. The resolution of the screen is amazing and videos from IPOD and DVD look great. It plays pretty much every format of video Ive tried so far (.avi,.mp4,.mkv etc). Pandora works flawlessly and it is very nice to be able to control it completely from the head unit instead of fumbling with it on your phone( with the Kenwood iPod cable). There is also a usb dongle that you can use for play media from usb storage. Now for the sound, the ability to tweak the sound to your liking is incredible. There is a 13 band EQ with not only zone control but a highway setting that is meant to drown out "road noise". HD radio sounds great as well as Ipod and cds. The only thing I'm a little disappointed with is the Sirius XM sound quality but that seems to be an issue with Sirius since they merged with XM. All in all I am extremely happy I chose this unit!
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After doing tons and tons of research I finally settled on the Kenwood DNX9990HD and am glad I did. I had contemplated purchasing the previous year's model but did not due to complaints of Operating System lag. This unit has zero lag and boots up quickly. The sound quality is amazing on this thing and it has so many tuning options that you can pretty much do away with any external processor. The Garmin GPS feature is all you would expect from Garmin and not a sub-par knockoff program used by other companies that will not be mentioned. I haven't used the AHA radio feature so I cannot speak to that but the Pandora is nice. It has built in HD radio which dramatically enhances the local radio stations. All in all a great unit that I highly recommend to anyone looking for the best in vehicle entertainment. I don't like that you need an extra cable to connect your iPod. This cable connects to the aux in on the back and to the usb dongle attached. I think that it uses standard stereo out and the usb only for power/charging. It would be nice if i could use the DAC's in the Kenwood to produce the sound as opposed to the one built in to the iPod. I think it would sound much nicer. Since I mostly use the Bluetooth audio this is a minor gripe.

The Good:
Tons of sound enhancement features including space enhancers, a 16 band graphic eq, staging options, and detailed crossover control just to start
Great GPS function from Garmin
Bluetooth audio sounds amazing. Good quality calls
Quick responsive touchscreen interface that has none of the bugs its predecessor had.

The Cons
Requires extra cable for iPod connectivity.
XM tuner made for this unit has sound quality issues
No optical out.
Only 16 band eq. the standard 31 would be a nice enhancement or parametric eq
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This is an android phone trying really hard to be a radio and seems to be the by-product of Kenwood operating beyond their pay-grade. The flaws include:

1. A screen that is hard to press and often requires pressing a button a second, third or even fourth time before the input is recognized.

2. Lots of messages for KWLanuncher crashes as this module seems to be unstable requiring a reboot.

3. Bluetooth freezes the screen and requires a carefully coordinated effort of moving to the navigation, then back, then back again, then to the home screen before you have access other applications.

4. The unit freezes from time-to-time and since it has no functioning off button (just a reset with a pin), you have to pull over, shut the car off and then restart.

5. Initial boot-up takes up to a minute or more which can be annoying especially when running errands.

6. Completely non-intuitive and a safety hazard. I dare any first time user to tune the radio to their desired station in less than five minutes.

7. Plan on spending at least 2 or more hours upgrading the firmware -- most of it waiting to download files from the Kenwood site which does not operate at more than 70-100kbps. Has Kenwood heard of Amazon AWS?

8. The interface graphics are childish and not commensurate with a high-end audio / multimedia device.

9. The onboard apps sound good in theory, but there is little to no control and they are hap-haphazardly spread throughout many menu and screen displays.

10. Calls to tech support are answered reasonably quickly, but you can hear the manual pages turning on even the most fundamental questions.

This unit was a good idea which was executed in the worst way possible.
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