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Kenwood Introduces New Kenwood eXcelon In-Dash Navigation Products for 2012


LONG BEACH, CA (Car Entertainment) --
Las Vegas, NV (January 10, 2012) - Kenwood USA Corporation announced the introduction of two premium in-dash navigation systems specifically engineered and manufactured exclusively for the Kenwood Excelon dealer network. Both models feature a wide range of built-in technologies, including HD Radio, Pandora Internet radio link, Bluetooth with audio streaming capabilities and on-board industry-leading Garmin navigation. This year Kenwood offers Android smartphone connectivity, allowing for complete control of music files native to an Android-platform smartphone from the touchscreen of the Kenwood (the smartphone must be set to USB mass storage mode). A breakthrough in seamless OEM integration with a factory SYNC system is made possible through Kenwood’s first-to-market introduction of CarPortal for iDataLink Maestro (manufactured and sold by Automotive Data Solutions). Using the iDataLink Maestro module and vehicle-specific quick-connect T-harness system, both Kenwood Excelon in-dash navigation models communicate with the vehicle data network and SYNC module.  This single-box solution allows the Kenwood receiver to offer touchscreen command and control of factory satellite radio and display text, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming and SYNC voice controlled features while retaining steering wheel controls and factory-installed audio functions.
 
This year’s flagship double-DIN multimedia / navigation receiver is the DNX9990HD. The latest in navigation technology by Garmin is featured, including advanced photo-realistic Junction View and Lane Assist which reduces highway interchange confusion and improve driving safety. Traffic Trend routing calculates routes based on historic traffic data, while My Trend routing predicts routes based on the user’s driving behavior. Built-in NAVTEQ Live Traffic provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America (including Canada). The DNX9990HD also includes Aha Radio app support which allows touchscreen control over Aha Radio and its personalized Internet radio, social media newsfeeds from Facebook, Twitter and Yelp, on-demand music, personalized traffic reports and podcasts when used with an enabled iPhone or Android-platform smartphone. Twin iPod control allows for the connection and operation of two iPod, iPod Touch or iPhone devices. 
 
The DNX9990HD has a high-speed, animated graphic user interface (GUI) with movable, drag-and-drop icons for complete customization. A high-resolution WVGA 6.95” touchscreen with Dynamic Brightness Control provides the best looking DVD video, iPod video and USB video, and a reverse tilt feature allows the display to be angled in either direction for optimal viewing. While in the navigation mode, the DNX9990HD can display mapping information as well as audio/video controls on a split screen and will even allow continued monitoring of the navigation screen in split screen view while making or taking hands-free phone calls. Parrot Bluetooth technology is built into the DNX9990HD, providing convenient and safe voice-dialing of telephone numbers (compatible with most smartphones featuring voice-dialing capability) and is capable of controlling Pandora Internet radio from Android and Blackberry-platform smartphones. 
 
The double-DIN DNX6990HD is a value-added combination of cutting edge technologies, intuitive user interface and great Kenwood Excelon quality. A compact front-panel knob is included to easily control volume. A 6.1” WVGA LCD touch screen panel with navigation/audio/video split screen view capabilities give the user complete control over multiple audio and video sources, including DVD, MP3/WMA compact disc, iPod, iPhone, Pandora Internet radio link, Android-platform smartphones, external mass storage devices and HD Radio (optional smartphone accessories and Internet access may be required). The user can customize the GUI and hard-key illumination colors of the DNX6990HD to match the unit’s faceplate lighting to the interior lighting of many vehicles, while the background graphics can be changed to show personal photos or the brand logo of the vehicle. 
 
The DNX9990HD and DNX6990HD are covered by a limited two-year manufacturer’s warranty and are available through authorized Kenwood Excelon retailers.
 
 
Model                                 Availability
DNX9990HD                     April, 2012
DNX6990HD                     March, 2012
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