So do you want to know which new unit is ahead of the rest? Kenwood’s DNN990HD is the winner.
I personally prefer an itemized list but I’ll save that for the things that aren’t so typical in a navigation radio. It has all the basics such as 6.95” WVGA touchscreen monitor, 3 preouts, 1 AV in and 1 AV out, ready for SiriusXM, iPod, back up camera and of course, AM/FM/CD/DVD/HD Radio. The itemized list will include the new, the innovative and the typical with a sprinkle of “oh, nice”.
So, here goes:
*2 Rear USB
*Dual Zone AV Control (so you don’t have to listen to the same Kiddie video your kids are watching in the back seat)
*Car Portal for iDatalink – think you can’t replace your Ford Sync radio without having to spend way too much to replace Sync, Satellite Radio, Steering wheel controls, factory Bluetooth, etc? Kenwood exclusively has this feature to adapt to the factory features instead of
*Live Traffic updates
*Parrot Bluetooth for handsfree calling and audio streaming
*What? WiFi enabled?
Kenwood’s DNN990HD is WiFi enabled. Meaning, with a hotspot on your phone or one that is in your car you will have full internet service on your new radio. You can receive all your Facebook, Twitter, Email and Google calendar updates live. You’ll have a full internet browser and you can control and communicate with all this with an excellent voice control feature. I was just playing around with You Tube this weekend and it understood both my husband and me perfectly without repeating continuously until it did understand us or we give up.
I previously listed Route Collector as a new feature. This is also specific to the brand and unit. Route Collector is basically the Wizard of the DNN990HD. You don’t really see it but its hands are in quite a bit. It is an online account set up that will make your mapping, music storage, photo collection and social networking easier.
All in all, Kenwood thought of a lot and has delivered. It has beautiful graphics to go with their new model and it functions easier than I originally thought it would being it’s fully loaded. C.A.R. Audio & Security has this on display and in stock if you are curious.