Long Beach, Calif. - Kenwood shipped its $1,600-suggested flagship A/V-navigation system with such features as Ford Sync compatibility, HD Radio, and improved navigation of songs stored on a USB-connected Android phone.
The Excelon-series DNX9990HD also controls Pandora apps on connected smartphones and features stereo Bluetooth and Garmin navigation.
The DNX9990HD head unit is among multiple head units launched by Kenwood this year with the ability to select Android-phone-stored songs by title, artist, album, and mood when the phone is placed in mass-storage mode. The USB connection also charges the Android phone.
The head unit also uses Bluetooth's serial port profile to control key functions of a Pandora app residing on Android and BlackBerry phones. Functions include channel selection, tagging of favorite songs and artists, accessing favorites, and Pandora's thumbs up/down function. The head unit also controls such Pandora functions on a USB-connected iPhone.
The A/V-nav system, like four other new Kenwood head units, feature seamless OEM integration with a factory Ford Sync system, enabling the vehicle to retain Sync's voice control over such factory features as factory satellite-radio tuner, Bluetooth hands-free, Bluetooth audio streaming, and connected media players plugged into the factory's USB connection. The install would also retain control of OEM features via the factory's steering-wheel-mounted controls and enable the Kenwood DNX units to display metadata from the factory satellite radio and from MP3 players connected to the factory USB port.
Sync integration requires the use of an iData Link Maestro module from Automotive Data Solutions, vehicle-specific T harnesses, and vehicle-specific firmware downloads.
The DNX9990HD features 6.95-inch VGA animated GUI touchscreen, built-in HD Radio, preloaded Aha Radio control on a USB-connected iPhone, digital time alignment, 13-band equalizer, three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs, and dual USB inputs to operate an iPod video and iPod audio device as separate sources.
New Garmin navigation technologies include advanced photo-realistic Junction View and Lane Assist, Traffic Trend routing that calculates routes based on historic traffic data, and My Trend routing that predicts routes based on the user's driving behavior. Built-in NAVTEQ Live Traffic provides real-time traffic data for more than 90 major cities in the U.S. and Canada.