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These have recently started to ship, so based on Daggar's excellent thread for the 6140 series , Here is the Kenwood DNX-9140 thread. As these units are very similar, if you can't find the info you're looking for here, the 6140 and 7140 threads should be of great value.

Please post all your tips, tricks, how-to's, easter eggs, successes, and failures in this thread.

Kenwood's DNX9140 Product Page
Kenwood DNX9140 User Manual


General Features

2-DIN Chassis: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. Unlike many in-dash monitors, there is no hideaway box; all the inputs and outputs are included within the unit's chassis. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 features a motorized 6.98" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen contains 1,152,000 total pixels (800H x 480V x RGB). This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. It also has a 7-step adjustable viewing angle, including a reversible-tilt angle. This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.

Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the following screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB and Rear-camera playback.

Normal: displays 16:9 widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3 (conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side

Full: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height

Justify: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally only at the edges

Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges

Picture Adjustments: You can adjust the picture of the monitor by adjusting the brightness, contrast, or black-level.

Custom Backgrounds: You can download still images for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.

Front Panel Controls With Changeable Illumination: In addition to the unit's touch-screen controls, the DNX9140 features often used hard-keyed controls along the bottom of the LCD screen's frame for added convenience. You can adjust the headunit's screen and button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each.

Voice Control: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 is equipped with an Automatic Speech Recognition function which allows you to operate certain functions of this unit and connected devices with your voice, using the supplied external microphone and external "talk" button. You can select Sources, operate Bluetooth and Navigation functions, as well as control audio/video search and playback functions from CD, DVD, Satellite or HD Radio, and iPod. The supported languages are US English, UK English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish.

Remote Control: The Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 comes with an IR wireless remote control which can be used to operate all the functions of the multimedia headunit wirelessly (except for monitor open/close and disc eject). A slide switch allows you to switch between the control modes for the built-in DVD/CD player, external video source, external audio source and Navigation.

Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, TV, Navigation or Standby. You can se the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, TV, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.

Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player's harness.

Built-In Navigation

Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation technology and NAVTEQ mapping software (City Navigator North America NT 2009), the Kenwood DNX9140 features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico which includes over 6 million Points of Interest. You can follow calculated on-screen routes to your destination using the headunit's built-in navigation software. As you travel, the DNX9140's navigation system guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows, and directions along the top of the map. If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. Your route is marked with a highlighted line and an arrow, while your destination is marked with a checkered flag.

SiRF Star III: The SiRF Star III GPS chipset is so sensitive that it's forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options.

GPS Antenna: The eXcelon DNX9140 comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-ANT input on the back of the headunit. The unit also comes supplied with a self-adhesive magnetic base if you are having trouble finding a flat metal surface to mount the antenna.

Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. The DNX9140 also features pre-recorded voices, which have a limited vocabulary and do not speak names of locations or streets. Voice prompts are available in English, Spanish or French.

Voice Recognition: The eXcelon DNX9140 features Voice Recognition which allows you to operate certain functions of the unit's navigation system via specific voice commands. You can use the speech recognition feature to find destinations, select options, and perform other navigation functions. The unit's speech recognition function uses four search methods; you can speak any text on the screen, speak shortcut commands, speak the names of popular places, or speak an address.

Picture-In-Picture Function: The PIP function allows two screens (the navigation and source screen) to be displayed together on the unit's LCD monitor so you can view both simultaneously.

Map Detail: The eXcelon DNX9140 allows you to adjust the amount of detail shown on the map. Displaying more detail causes the map to redraw your route slower. You can also choose to adjust the other following map settings.

Orientation: Changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).

Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two.

Navigation Settings: The DNX9140 features the following Navigation Settings to help calculate your route.

Vehicle: Specifies what vehicle you are driving; you can choose from various vehicle icons

Preference: Selects the preference for your calculation between Faster Time, Shorter Distance or Off Road.

Avoidance Setup: This feature allows you to enter specific areas and roads to avoid in your routes. You can choose to avoid U-turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Traffic, Ferries, Carpool Lanes, and Unpaved Roads.

Find Locations and Routes: The unit's "Where To?" menu screen offers the following features to help you find your destination.

Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.

Go Home: Store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location

Address: Input your destination address by house number, street, and city.

Cities: Allows you to search by city's name.

Intersection: Allows you to search where to streets intersect.

Routes: Allows you to select from previously created routes.

Coordinates: Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.

Phone Number: Allows you to search your destination by enter the place's phone number.

Favorites: Store a destination as a Favorite in advance, then easily select it as your new destination or insert it as point along your route.

Recent Finds: Choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints.

Points-of-Interests: Allows you to search for over 6-millions points of interest in the following categories: Food and Drink, Lodging, Fuel, ATM/Bank, Shopping, Attractions, Recreation, Entertainments, Transportation, Hospital, Auto Services, Community, Other or Search All. The "Spell Name" feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name.

Extras: You can manually load custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones. The navigation system can notify you when you approach one of these points (Proximity Alert). You can download the custom POIs onto a SD-card, CD-R, or DVD-/+R, which can then be loaded into the unit's SD-card slot or disc-slot.

Search Modes: You can search for locations in a different areas, such as a different city, near your destination or near your current route. You can choose to the following search modes - Near Here, Near Other City, Near Current Route, Near Current Road, Near Destination, and Near Recent Finds.

Turn-List: The unit's Turn List displays a list of turn-by-turn instructions of your entire route as well a arrival information.

Next Turn Page: When you are navigating a route, the Next Turn pages shows the turn on the map and the distance and time left before your each the turn.

Multiple Destination Routing: You can add intermediate destination points to your routes as you create it. You can also add points to your route after its been created when you go to edit the route. You can program up to 500 waypoints for long trips.

Auto Rerouting: The unit will automatically reroute your destination if you veer away from the previously calculated route.

Detour: You can have the unit detour around your current route to your destination.

Trip Log: The Trip Log displays a log of your travels.

Trip Computer: The trip computer shows current speed, current direction, distance to destination, total distance traveled, average speed (including stopped time), average speed while moving, maximum speed, total trip time, total moving time, and stopped time. You can reset just the maximum speed or reset the entire trip computer at once.

MSN Direct Ready: Using an optional MSN Direct Receiver (Kenwood KNA-M100, sold separately), the Kenwood DNX9140 can get on-screen up-to-date traffic, current gas prices, weather, flight status, news, stocks, local events, and movie information. You can also use this information for GPS routing. MSN Direct provides this local information for a large number of metropolitan areas. A MSN Direct subscription agreement is required for service. Go to MSNdirect.com for information about these services in your area.

FM Traffic Ready: Using an optional FM Traffic Receiver (Kenwood GTM10, sold separately), the navigation system can receive, use and display traffic information. When a traffic message is received, you can see the event on the map and change your route to avoid the traffic incident. TMC data is available in a fast-growing number of cities throughout North America and gives prompt, accurate notification of accidents, road construction, police, or emergency action, etc. - so you can visually monitor traffic flow and, if necessary, avoid traffic tie-ups. The on-screen map page of the DNX9140 displays a "diamond icon" when there is a traffic event of medium severity or high severity on your current route or on the road you are driving. If you press this icon, the DNX9140 will create a detour route for you (if applicable) so you can avoid the traffic event. The optional FM Traffic Receiver plugs into the unit's rear panel mini-USB input.

Note: Traffic services are available only in select cities where coverage exists. A subscription is required to enable traffic capability.

Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions when the vehicle's parking break is disengaged, that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving.

GPS Info Page: The GPS Info Page displays which satellites you are receiving, and the satellite signal strength.

Multi-Language Display: The DNX9140's on-screen menu supports 16 different languages to choose from, including - English, Spanish, French and German.

Software/Map Data Updates: To update this navigation system's software, you must have either a Secure Digital (SD) card and SD-card reader, or DVD writer and writable DVD media, along with an internet connection. To update the unit's navigation software go to Garmin.com/kenwood . This navigation system will provide periodic notification at startup when the preloaded maps are considered out of date. You can purchase an SD-card or DVD of updated map data from Garmin at Garmin.com/kenwood .

Note: The DNX9140's SD-card slot is located behind the unit's front-panel (hold the eject button for more than 1-second to access the SD-card slot). The SD-card slot can only be used for software and map updates.

Disc Playback Features

Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DNX9140 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (16-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

JPEG/MPEG/DivX Playback: In addition to MP3/WMA/AAC discs, this unit can play CD-R/RW and DVD+/-R/W discs with JPEG (8192 x 7680) still image files. The unit also supports MPEG1 (352 x 240, 362 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480, 720 x 576) NTSC video formats recorded onto DVD+/-R/W discs. In addition, this unit supports DivX video content recorded onto CD-R/RW and DVD+/-R/W discs.

CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/AAC discs or VCD.

Link Search: You can search for another song of the currently selected artist during music playback.

DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3 Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD disc.

Control Screens: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the left one-third of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right one-third of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.

Direct Search: By entering its number with the optional remote (KNA-RCDV330, sold separately) you can directly access title, chapter, time, track, channel, or frequency.

Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Zoom: The DNX9140 features a 4 level zoom (2x, 3x, 4x, or off) when playing back video and still images.

Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Tuner Features

CR-2 Tuner: The DNX9140 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC) for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 24 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in each band either by name or frequency.

Audio Features

24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and USB media, the DNX9140 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

Dolby Digital/DTS/Pro-Logic II: The DNX9140 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS DVD discs via the unit's 5.1ch preamp outputs (stereo-Front, stereo-Rear, mono-Center, and stereo-Sub). The headunit also supports Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Music, Matrix, Bypass, Bypass+Center) for non-digital surround formatted discs. During Dolby Pro Logic II you can make the following adjustments.

Dimension: sets the surround position by adjusting the front and rear volume balance

Center Width: sets the vocal image position by adjusting the right and left vocal volume level

Panorama: assigns front left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound.

SRS WOW HD: The DNX8140 is equipped with SRS WOW HD, a technology developed by SRS (Sound Retrieval Systems) Labs, which restores the loss that occurs to compressed audio delivered over the Internet and broadcast media, and reduces the hollow-sounding effects caused by smaller speakers. SRS WOW HD incorporates other SRS technologies such as TruBass, Focus, and SRS 3D for improving the sound of CDs and radio. You can select a WOW HD effect level (Low, Mid, High), each with a specific value for TruBass, Focus, and SRS 3D. You can also set your own values and store them under the WOW User memory.

TruBass: adjusts the vertical position of the speaker and sound image by virtual adjustment

Focus: assists the playback of the super bass sound

SRS 3D: makes a natural 3D sound field (you cannot se SRS 3D in tuner source)

DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Digital Signal Processing to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van , Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van Long, or Off

Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.

Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.

Front: Choose from Door, On Dash, or Under Dash

Rear: Choose from Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row

Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front and Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.

Center: Choose from 6-1/2", 5", 4", 2", or None

Front: Choose from 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"

Tweeter: Select either None or Use

Rear: Choose from 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"

Subwoofer: Select from 10", 12", 15", None, 6-1/2" or 8"

Channel Level: You can adjust the volume level (-10 to +10dB) for each speaker (Center, Left-Front, Right-Front, Left-Rear, Right-Rear, and Subwoofer).

Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20.3 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers. You can set the Center speaker from 0.00 to 11.3 feet.

X'Over: The headunit features independent Front and Rear high-pass crossovers as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.

Front High Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 ,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range

Rear High Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range

Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range

Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal or Reverse

Note: You can choose to bypass the headunit's DSP feature.

Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers independently, using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

System Q Presets: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod, or User.

Equalizer Settings: Individual 13-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9dB) for Front, Rear and Center using the following frequencies - 62.5Hz, 100,Hz, 160Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, and 16kHz

Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -15 to 0.

Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store your audio settings for each source (DVD, CD, USB, Aux, and Tuner).

Setup Memory: Audio Setup and AV Interface settings can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be restored.

External Device Controls

Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood DNX9140 features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 1.2) with a range of 32.8 ft and supports the following profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), SYNC (Synchronization Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile); for wireless, hands-free communication and Bluetooth audio streaming.

Hands-Free Communication: The unit's touchscreen controls, remote control, or voice recognition system can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The DNX9140 can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The unit comes with an external microphone with adjustable gain so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the other party through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Your cell phone must be paired with the DNX9140 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones (only one paired phone can be used at a time). You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Using the DNX9140, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits.

Speed Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.

Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DNX9140. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.

Presets: You can register frequently used phone numbers to 3 Presets for quicker dialing.

Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.

Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.

Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.

Voice Dialing: Allows you to dial a number by voice command from the Phonebook, Preset Numbers, Call History, or saying the number.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: You can listen to and control audio files stored in a Bluetooth enabled audio player or cell-phone. Playback functions include: Play/Pause, Skip Back/Forward, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Stop.

Note: Visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood DNX9140 features two rear panel 2.0 USB type-A ports that are attached to the chassis with a 36" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB ports enable playback of MP3 (16-230 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) files as well as JPEG (8192 x 7680 pixels) files from connected portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and portable digital audio players. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The headunit can recognize up to 126 folders (255 files per folders) and 15,000 total files. The unit will display any recorded ID3 Tag information stored on your connected USB device. You USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the DNX9140 and the unit is turned on.

iPod High Speed Connection: The rear-panel USB port (labeled iPod) and the rear panel 3.5mm A/V AUX inputs are compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP301V adapter (part # 113IP301V, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP301V (3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the DNX9140. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood DVD/CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the DNX9140 are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP301V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application. The KCA-iP301V is compatible with the following iPod and iPhone models.

iPod video (5th generation)

iPod nano (1st/2nd3rd/4th generation) *iPod nano 1st/2nd generation supports audio playback only

iPod classic (80/120/160GB)

iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)

iPhone and iPhone 3G (4/8/16GB)

Note: Be sure to download the latest version software for iPod from Apple's website before connecting this cable to your compatible Kenwood multimedia headunit. Your iPod's controls will be locked once connected to the DNX9140.

Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:

XM: This unit supports the Audiovox CNP-2000 MiniTuner via the optional Kenwood KCA-XM100V interface box which includes a vehicle dock and antenna (both item number 220CNP2000 and item number 113XM100V required). XM Satellite Radio programming offers 170 digital radio channels including 69 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers instant traffic and weather alerts for 21 major US cities, as well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA tour, Indy car racing and several major college conferences.

Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package # 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package # 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via its AV inputs.

Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

HD Radio Ready: The DNX9140 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item #113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The DNX9140 has a "steering remote control" lead attached to the harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item #127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs

Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

AV Inputs: The DNX9140 is equipped with two audio/video inputs consisting of a composite video jack and a pair of stereo RCA jacks. These composite/stereo terminals can be used to connect an external audio/video source. The audio/video inputs can be named "VIDEO", "DVD", "VCD", "VCR", "GAME", TV or "AUX".

Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CCD-2000 (item # 113CCD2000, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

3.5mm A/V Input: The DNX9140 features a 3.5mm stereo audio input and 3.5mm video input on the rear chassis of the unit for portable MP3/Video players. These terminals are also compatible with your dock connector iPod using the optional KCA-iP301V, sold separately.

A/V Output: The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor. You can choose AV-In, DVD, iPod, USB or Off as the source for the A/V output.

Relay Port: Using the supplied Relay harness the DNX9140 can control the external power of a connected 12-volt device (requires a commercially available relay unit).

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I just had one of these shipped to me a couple days ago. I'll post impressions once I get this baby installed. Cannot wait!

EDIT: Is it a law to have the parking brake wire connected, or can you just ask them to ground it when I have it installed?

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I think it probably depends on where you live, but I would expect that in most cases it is the law.

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Originally Posted by Dead.Horse /forum/post/16584910

EDIT: Is it a law to have the parking brake wire connected, or can you just ask them to ground it when I have it installed?

I would bet that if you take it to any professional installer, they will splice it into the parking brake wire per the instructions. If not because of the law, then at least for liability purposes.

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And if you ask that professional installer to ground the parking brake wire instead of to the parking brake switch, they'll do it as mine did


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I've had mine in for a few weeks now.... Just a few thoughts:

1) You do not want album art on your Ipod, it makes flipping through songs really slow.

2) Takes excessive time to boot up. >1min.....Edit: Boot times now at ~30sec (not sure if it sped up or I got more patient)

3) Navi is very good, it actually has some of the offroad trails we use in the back country.

4) It is lacking power, I have not hooked up an amp to it yet, I'm stricktly speaking of the HU power. but it seems to be shy in the lower frequencies.

5) The Audio controls are very good and in depth, however the Audio menu are a little spread out, it can be a little difficult to find the feature you want to adjust.

6) I cannot get the microphone on the Bluetooth to work properly, everyone I call say they can't pick up what I am saying. My ambient noise is at a minimum (I have done almost the whole cab in second skin dampening). I have re-installed it and still no luck.

Having said this, overall I am impressed with it. It will take time to learn all the functions and fully get it dialed in....

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I just received this unit and was looking everywhere to find this out, but to no avail. Can this head unit have an XM tuner and an HD radio tuner hooked up to it so I can listen to local HD broadcasts and XM when desired. As far as I can tell, there's only one plug-in for the two to share making me think it's one or the other. Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
What does the HD radio connector look like? There's a mini-USB port on the back of the unit that I think can be connected to the Kenwood GXM30 for XM radio (and Nav/Weather) reception. I should have a GXM30 later this week to test out with the unit.

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Originally Posted by redbeanpoet /forum/post/16624872

For iPod users, sometimes they want to backup the music, video or pictures on iPod to computer and to another iPod. ..........

Ooooor you can download this for free.

see next post I have to have a min # of posts to post links

I use it to back up my iPOD touch as well as duplicating my songs into my wife's.

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There .... I met my 4 post min to post links...sorry about the multi posts, but that software is invaluable to me. It blows my mind that Apple doesnt allow you to copy your files to your computer by default.

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·

Originally Posted by hammer32 /forum/post/16618329

What does the HD radio connector look like? There's a mini-USB port on the back of the unit that I think can be connected to the Kenwood GXM30 for XM radio (and Nav/Weather) reception. I should have a GXM30 later this week to test out with the unit.

No dice on the GXM30. Looks like Kenwood dropped support for XM NavTraffic and Weather with the 9140:

Thank you for contacting Kenwood USA Corporation. As an authorized agent for Kenwood, we are responding to your recent email inquiry.

The GXM-30 is not compatible with the DNX9140.

Please feel free to contact us again with any additional questions.

Product Support Representative

Kenwood USA Authorized Call Center

PO Box 22745

Long Beach, CA 90801-5745

Phone: 1-800-536-9663 x 1918

Fax: 1-559-324-4594

Email: http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Contact

Crutchfield has also removed mention of the GXM30 from their DNX9140 page (it was listed as compatible for the last month or so).

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Thats really weird. Mine takes about 30 seconds to completely boot. I have the Ipod/Siris/Steering Wheel adapters, so I don't think its a matter of add-ons. Could it be the nav antenna placement, and how quickly it takes to get a lock? The installer wanted to put it inside the car, but I had him route it to the roof. My boss has a Pioneer and that one takes a couple of minutes to boot. This is much much faster.

Originally Posted by DrJack /forum/post/16605836

I've had mine in for a few weeks now.... Just a few thoughts:

2) Takes excessive time to boot up, >1min

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If you wanted XM and HD radio, it appears that only one works at a time. What if you added one of their CarPortal accessories like the KOS-V500 or KOS-V1000? Would that add an extra port so that you could put both in? It seems like it, but I'm quite an amateur.

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Originally Posted by eshwayri /forum/post/16639039

Thats really weird. Mine takes about 30 seconds to completely boot. I have the Ipod/Siris/Steering Wheel adapters, so I don't think its a matter of add-ons. Could it be the nav antenna placement, and how quickly it takes to get a lock? The installer wanted to put it inside the car, but I had him route it to the roof. My boss has a Pioneer and that one takes a couple of minutes to boot. This is much much faster.

Perhaps 1 min was a slight exageration. Let me clock it tonight. The GPS reciever is dead center on my dash. Under the glass.
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