Originally Posted by enigma9o7
When playing mp3s from usb, does it resume where you left off last time when you start the car? Does it support any type of playlists?
Also, do you know if the dolby digital output works? In the install manual it says 'do not connect' or something like that.
Do either of you have the HD radio addon? If so how's that work?
Did you get mp3 dvdr to work? Do they resume also?
Thanks for the question. I should have posted an update of my experience with the unit. Since that time I have done several things with the unit and have additional reports:USB Support:
Attached USB storage devices (other than an iPod, which I'll discuss separately) will support music only. In addition, you would be wise to limit the USB drive to smaller thumb drives instead of hard disks. The reason is two-fold. First the power supplied to the USB device is at the very minimum of the USB specification. This means that many USB-powered hard drives will not function properly. Secondly, each time the unit boots it creates an index of the drive using the MP3 tags. This index takes approximately 45 seconds per GB of storage, so a 20GB device may take as long as 20 minutes before you will see its entire contents. As far as Resume is concerned, the player will resume at the last file being played in most cases. It is inconsistent whether it starts at the exact exit point (middle of a song) or at the start of the file - its done both and I can't explain why it does it differently one time vs. another.iPOD Support:
If you plan on having a large music libarary, or want to play videos from portable storage, then the iPOD support is the way to go. 5G (video) iPODS are supported using a special USB cable - A/V Cable. The iPOD is connected via its DOCK connector, then the opposite 3-prong ends are connected to the USB connection, and the special iPOD A/V in connections extending from the back of the head unit. Note that this is a little quirky because the iPOD A/V cables are shorter than the USB cable. I was unable to reach my glove-box in my 2006 Expedition with the iPOD cables, while the USB cable reaches just fine. Fortunately the iPOD cable was just long enough to get the A/V ends over to the iPOD connections.
The iPOD connection bypasses the issues with the standard USB connection because the DNX7100 is can read the iPOD's indexing system. This means you will have instant access to the songs, photos, videos, genres, artists, etc. Because the iPOD cable uses a separate A/V out you will be able to play both DRM and non-DRM content. Since videos and photos aren't supported over the standard USB, this is the only way to go for detachable content.HD Radio:
The HD Radio module is available very inexpensively for the DNX7100. Like all of the Kenwood modules it installs easily with a single cable that carries all of the control and power from the head unit so you don't have any external wiring harness to tie into! Very Easy. You move the antenna input from the head unit to the HD Radio module as the "Radio" section of the tuner is replaced completely with the HD Radio functionality. When setting up the HD Radio tuning you can set the radio for "Digital Only", "Analog Only", or "Auto". In "Auto" mode the tuner will select the strongest signal (Digital or Analog) for the selected frequency. Like the standard radio tuner, the HD Radio also annoyingly does not allow for direct entry of stations by frequency - you have to scan to each station then make your presets. HD Radio (especially AM) sounds great! AM broadcasts, like news, sound like the announcers are sitting in the car with you.
There are two GIANT quirks to the HD Radio module. First, the volume levels of the HD Radio output are attenuated about 15% from the rest of the head unit. Since the DNX7100 does not store volume by source, this means lowering and raising the volume each time you switch to the HD Radio. The second major flaw is a bug in the DNX7100's control firmware for the HD Radio which prevents program meta-data (Other than station ID) from being displayed. You will see the program data "flash" quickly on the display when you change frequencies, and then clear and not update as the programs change. Other DNX7100 users in other forums have reported the same problem. In addition the same HD Radio Module connected to any other Kenwood head unit operates properly - isolating the problem specifically to the DNX7100. Kenwood support currently denies the issue, and until they do a firmware update is unlikely.DVD R/RW Support & DivX:
My initial DVD+R did not read in the unit because of a formatting issue. I recorded the DVD+R data using Windows Vista's default DVD burner. The problem with this is the format defaults to DVD-UDF. The DNX7100 will only read DVD-ISO format. Once I created DVD+R and DVD+RW's using Nero, everything worked fine. The unit was somewhat less picky about DivX videos than I had anticipated, playing both true DivX and XVid videos. It seems that any true DivX enconded file will play. Some Xvid files are not recognized, so if you want to be totally sure, you may have to re-encode downloaded Xvid content using the true DivX Codec.
DVD R/RWs encoded in video format also play fine. Data DVDs in ISO format play all tested formats video formats (DivX & MPG-1 & MPG-2). MP3 & WMA data play fine as well, however Album Art is not displayed when playing from a DVD even if is in the ID3 tag. JPG photos on the DVD will play as a slide show. The resume function works in the same way as it does with the USB and iPOD with the same quirk of sometimes starting at the stopping point and sometimes starting at the beginning of the last file.Bluetooth Module:
The Kenwood bluetooth module attaches easily in the same manner as the HD Radio. The Bluetooth module also has an external microphone with a long lead that will let you mount in an optimal location. Once the pairing is accomplished the Bluetooth works flawlessly with the phone, muting the radio when incoming calls occur and allowing you to answer from the screen. The Bluetooth unit has its own phone-independant phone book which can be programmed and/or downloaded from some phones. Audio quality is very good both on the sending and receiving side with excellent noise-cancelling that removes any trace of road noise on the receiving end.
I was disappointed with a few things about the bluetooth module, and they may be limitations of my Sprint LG Fusic phone. First the phonebook data wouldn't transfer to the unit from the phone (although it syncs via bluetooth fine to/from Outlook on my computer). Next, incoming calls do not display the Caller ID information on the screen. Finally, there are no voice-dial capabilities exposed. You can't go "off hook" with the phone without dialing/selecting a phone number on the display. If this worked the voice-dial function in the phone would be available (like it is with a bluetooth headset).Garmin FM Traffic w/ GTM-10:
If you live in a market that supports traffic monitoring, you can connect an XM (expensive) or FM (cheaper) traffic system. The XM system offers more features (including weather and news), but the traffic functions are identical. The GTM-10 unit is a tiny little receiver that connects in-line with the radio antenna. (I used an antenna splitter, but inline connectors are included). A mini-USB cable then connects to the traffic input on the back of the head unit. Initializing the GTM-10 for the first time gives you an instant 3-month free traffic service. You get an additional 12 months free when you "register" the unit for the first time on Garmin web site. After that traffic updates are $60/year.
When the Nav unit boots it immediately aquires traffic data which is suprisingly instantaneous. You can view traffic alerts by proximity on the Nav screens, and the unit will alert you to traffic conditions as you drive (Voice "Traffic Ahead" is played and an icon on the screen lets you see details). If you have your options set to route around traffic your route will be adjusted automatically. (Note that you have to be ON a programmed routing not driving "freestyle" - but that makes sense).
That is it for my DNX 7100 accessories. I don't have the TV Tuner, CD Changer, Backup Camera, or External Control units so I can't comment on those. Hopefully Kenwood will get a firmware update out to fix the few, but annoying quirks.