Long Beach, Calif. - Kenwood said its flagship double-DIN multimedia/nav receiver is now shipping.
The DNX9980HD ($2,000 suggested retail),
, is the company's first multimedia model to incorporate HD Radio and the Pandora Internet Radio link as built-in features. All seek, search and "thumbs up/down" functions are replicated on the faceplate of the DNX9980HD, and the 6.95-inch touchscreen display shows full-color album art, song title, album and artist.
The unit also includes built-in Navteq Live Traffic service that is free for the life of the product.
Also now shipping is the double-DIN DNX6980 ($1,200), which comes with built-in Garmin navigation and Parrot Bluetooth. Features include a 6.1-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen panel with navigation/audio/video split-screen view capabilities. This provides the user with complete control over multiple A/V sources, including DVD, MP3/WMA CD, iPod, iPhone, Pandora Internet Radio link, external mass storage devices, satellite radio and HD Radio, the company said, noting that optional iPod, HD Radio, or satellite radio accessories and Internet access may be required.
Both come with two-year warranties and are available only through authorized Kenwood eXcelon retailers.