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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.